Slaugh·ter n. The act of killing. Specifically: (a) The extensive, violent, bloody, or wanton destruction of life; carnage.
On war and mutual slaughter bent. --Milton.
(b) The act of killing cattle or other beasts for market.
Syn: -- Carnage; massacre; butchery; murder; havoc.
Slaugh·ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Slaughtered p. pr. & vb. n. Slaughtering.]
1. To visit with great destruction of life; to kill; to slay in battle.
Your castle is surprised; your wife and babes
Savagely slaughtered. --Shak.
2. To butcher; to kill for the market, as beasts.
n 1: the killing of animals (as for food)
2: a sound defeat [syn: thrashing, walloping, debacle, drubbing,
3: the savage and excessive killing of many people [syn: massacre,
mass murder, carnage, butchery]
v 1: kill (animals) usually for food consumption; "They
slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter" [syn:
2: kill a large number of people indiscriminately; "The Hutus
massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda" [syn: massacre, mow