massacre

Definitions

  • The Roman soldiers massacre the druids
    The Roman soldiers massacre the druids
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v massacre kill a large number of people indiscriminately "The Hutus massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda"
    • n massacre the savage and excessive killing of many people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Massacre Murder. "I'll find a day to massacre them all,
      And raze their faction and their family."
      "If thou delight to view thy heinous deeds,
      Brhold this pattern of thy butcheries ."
      "Such a scent I draw
      Of carnage , prey innumerable!"
    • Massacre The killing of a considerable number of human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty, or contrary to the usages of civilized people; as, the massacre on St. Bartholomew's Day; the St. Valentine's Day massacre; the Amritsar massacre; the Wounded Knee massacre .
    • v. t Massacre To kill in considerable numbers where much resistance can not be made; to kill with indiscriminate violence, without necessity, and contrary to the usages of nations; to butcher; to slaughter; -- limited to the killing of human beings. "If James should be pleased to massacre them all, as Maximian had massacred the Theban legion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n massacre The indiscriminate killing of human beings; the unnecessary slaughter of a number of persons, as in barbarous warfare or persecution, or for revenge or plunder: as, the massacre of Glencoe: sometimes applied also to the wholesale killing of wild animals.
    • n massacre In heraldry, a pair of antlers or attires attached to a piece of the skull, used as a bearing.
    • massacre To kill with attendant circumstances of atrocity; butcher; slaughter: commonly used in reference to the killing of a large number of human beings at once, who are not in a condition to defend themselves.
    • massacre Synonyms Murder, Slaughter, etc. See kill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Massacre mas′a-kėr indiscriminate slaughter, esp. with cruelty: carnage
    • v.t Massacre to kill with violence and cruelty: to slaughter
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. LL. mazacrium,; cf. Prov. G. metzgern, metzgen, to kill cattle, G. metzger, a butcher, and LG. matsken, to cut, hew, OHG. meizan, to cut, Goth. máitan,

Usage

In literature:

I heard Sylvia tell about that massacre once, and only once.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
But they need have had no fear, for the great chief thought not of massacre that night.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
They ended their careers in frightful massacres, in which they gained great infamy.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The result of the massacre was forty-two white people killed and four white women taken as captives.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
Here the discoverers perpetrated new massacres.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
It was unquestionably a massacre.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
The Massacre of Glencoe had no little share in the matter.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
There had been dreadful massacres immediately following this call.
"Indian Child Life" by Charles A. Eastman
Meanwhile the fight, or rather massacre, continued hot around the Inca, whose person was the great object of the assault.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
There has been some discussion lately as to the massacre of the Huguenots about a century before this period.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
In the meanwhile a Spanish force had swooped down on Barcelona, and massacred the inhabitants.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Upon the whole of this wild scene of carnage and massacre the principal leader of the slave-hunters has gazed unmoved.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
The massacre was successful at Paris, but not in the rest of France.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The tumult became a fight, and the fight a massacre.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The massacre spread wherever Romans were to be found.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
Massacres were rife all over the kingdom.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
The Sienese would besiege Orvieto and massacre its people.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The little children, who would only, they thought, be in the way, they massacred.
"Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series" by Jacob Abbott
Those Cossacks with orders to massacre would give no quarter, and would not discriminate.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
An universal confiscation, after all, is a bloodless massacre.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
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In poetry:

Think of the price of liberty,
Think of the lash and slavery,
Of lynch rule and its massacre
And strike for equal rights.
"Strike For Equal Rights" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
"This massacre, this horrid crime,
To baulk this wicked plot!
My parole given!--by Heaven I could--
I Would--regard it not.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Peace on Manchuria's plains has descended;
Tall waves the grass where the chivalrous bled;
Murder and massacre finally ended,
Sadly the living remember their dead.
"The Unforgotten Heroes" by John Lawson Stoddard
But Mary, warn'd this massacre to shun,
At midnight rose, and with her Infant Son
To Egypt travell'd, by divine command,
Oblig'd to flee, and quit her native land.
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard
CLAIRE.
Oh why not now? Why spare the time to warn?
Why came they not with thee to massacre,
Leaving no agony betwixt the sentence
And instant execution? That were mercy!
Oh, my prophetic father!
"The Dance To Death. Act V" by Emma Lazarus
Oh, heaven! it was a fearful scene the horrors of that day,
When I think of so many innocent lives that were taken away;
Alas! the British force were massacred in cold blood,
And their blood ran like a little rivulet in full flood.
"The Last Berkshire Eleven" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Walsh says US government was too politically correct to prevent Fort Hood massacre.
Inside the cell of Norway massacre gunman Anders Breivik.
In a belated effort to clear the air, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office offered up its souvenirs of a massacre last Thursday.
Lattimer Massacre reminds us of hard quest for justice COMMENTARY Bill Bachman.
Will Massacre In Kandahar Be A Policy Tipping Point.
The Associated Press moved a story a few days ago detailing concerns among Batman aficionados about what the massacre in that Aurora, Colo. Theater would mean for the movie and comics franchise.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — A friend of Staff Sgt Robert Bales testified Wednesday that he thought Bales seemed remorseful after being taken into custody following a massacre at two Afghan villages last March.
Holocaust and Nanjing Massacre, Neither Shall We Forget.
Hama scene of 1982 massacre in which an estimated 25,000 people died.
John Singleton's new film, Rosewood , chronicles a shocking and little-known incident in the history of American racism--the destruction of the title village and massacre of many of its black residents by a white mob.
One victim, Punjab Singh, has been in critical condition since the massacre on August 5th.
In the Valley of the Shadow of Death : Guyana After the Jonestown Massacre.
Suspected Fort Hood Shooter Was 'Calm' During Massacre, May Have Shouted 'God Is Great.'.
Fearful Symmetry The Sisters of Mercy and The Birthday Massacre represent two sides of the Goth coin.
Japanese stabbing massacre suspect Tomohiro Kato is seen here in this combo image taken from a military shop's security camera.
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