• WordNet 3.6
    • v slaughter kill a large number of people indiscriminately "The Hutus massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda"
    • v slaughter kill (animals) usually for food consumption "They slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter"
    • n slaughter the killing of animals (as for food)
    • n slaughter the savage and excessive killing of many people
    • n slaughter a sound defeat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Kitsap County, Washington, was originally called Slaughter County, nicely: the first hotel there was called The Slaughter House.
    • n Slaughter The act of killing. "On war and mutual slaughter bent."
    • Slaughter To butcher; to kill for the market, as beasts.
    • Slaughter To visit with great destruction of life; to kill; to slay in battle. "Your castle is surprised; your wife and babes
      Savagely slaughtered ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, named in the Bible's Book of Revelation, are Conquest, Slaughter, Famine, and Death.
    • n slaughter The act of slaying or killing, especially of many persons or animals. Applied to persons, a violent putting to death; ruthless, wanton, or brutal killing; great destruction of life by violent means; carnage; massacre: as, the slaughter of men in battle.
    • n slaughter Applied to beasts, butchery; the killing of oxen, sheep, or other animals for market.
    • n slaughter Great or sweeping reduction in the price of goods offered for sale.
    • n slaughter Synonyms Havoc. See kill.
    • slaughter To kill; slay; especially, to kill wantonly, ruthlessly, or in great numbers; massacre: as, to slaughter men in battle.
    • slaughter To butcher; kill, as animals for the market or for food: as, to slaughter oxen or sheep. Synonyms Slay, Massacre, etc. See kill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the Black Death swept across England one theory was that cats caused the plague. Thousands were slaughtered. Ironically, those that kept their cats were less affected, because they kept their houses clear of the real culprits, rats.
    • n Slaughter slaw′tėr a killing: a great destruction of life: carnage: butchery
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  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.”
  • George Washington
    “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
  • Irish Proverb
    Irish Proverb
    “Bulls get rich, bears get rich, but pigs get slaughtered An Irishman is never at his best except when fighting.”


Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered - (USA) This idiom is used to express being satisfied with enough, that being greedy or too ambitious will be your ruin.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slautir, slaughter, slaghter, Icel. slātr, slain flesh, modified by OE. slaught, slaht, slaughter, fr. AS. sleaht, a stroke, blow; both from the root of E. slay. See Slay (v. t.), and cf. Onslaught
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Ice. slátr, butchers' meat, whence slátra, to slaughter cattle. The A.S. is sleahtsleán, to slay.


In literature:

Bairam Khan was loyal to the throne; he slaughtered enemies in cold blood without mercy.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
A fearful slaughter took place, which he followed up by a vigorous pursuit.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
Cousin said they had been conducted to the main trace before being slaughtered.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
This station had within it forty cabins, and here it was thought they might make the greatest slaughter.
"The Adventures of Daniel Boone: the Kentucky rifleman" by Uncle Philip
Cattle, however, were so scarce that bulls and rams were slaughtered.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
Altogether, the slaughter of the French was enormous.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
Famine plays no part in this slaughter.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
The heathen believe that this custom of slaughtering animals always existed.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The slaughter followed, whatever the shower might mean.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
After this terrible slaughter the Saracens retreated a league from the field of battle.
"Mediaeval Tales" by Various
Once the rest of the Venetians armed themselves with their bows, the Armenians would be slaughtered.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
These people had been slaughtering one another long before he came to Orvieto.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
If the Rebel army had not fled almost at the first fire, there would have been terrible slaughter.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The rest were slaughtered, and used to supply the army with food.
"Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series" by Jacob Abbott
It was another scene of slaughter for the poor Peruvians.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
Wherever the forces met, the slaughter was great and terrible.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
It was, after much deliberation, decided to protect him from the general slaughter to which his friends were destined.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
More than once the assailants were brought up to the breach, and as often driven back with slaughter.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
And the king of Sodom went out to meet him, after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Loud blew the trumpets, the signal for the continuance of the slaughter.
"With Ring of Shield" by Knox Magee

In poetry:

Upon the water,
Upon the land,
We boun’d for slaughter,
At Thor’s command.
"Miscellanies" by George Borrow
"My leopardine beauties are rarer,
My tusky ones vanish,
My children have aped mine own slaughters
To quicken my wane.
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
"I go, as to the slaughter led.
Friends of the poor, farewell!"
Beneath his hand the oaken door
Back on its hinges fell.
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Hail—glory of Albion! ye fleets and ye hosts
I breathe not the tones of dismay:
In valour unquestioned, still cover your coasts,
But may Heav'n keep the slaughter away.
"To The British Channel" by Robert Bloomfield
What call have I to dream of anything?
I am a wolf. Back to the world again,
And speech of fellow-brutes that once were men
Our throats can bark for slaughter: cannot sing.
"French Nocturne (Monchy-Le-Preux)" by C S Lewis
Now at the window will I stand,
While in the street the armed band
The little children slay:
The babe just born in Bethlehem
Will surely slaughtered be with them,
Nor live another day!
"The Golden Legend: III. A Street In Strasburg" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Slaughter and May, Herbert Smith Freehills Advising as Diageo Pours $2.1 Billion into India's United Spirits.
Linklaters, Slaughter and May on $5 Billion Dentsu- Aegis Deal.
Slaughter to be new football coach at Red Bank .
Slaughter is Titans' prep coach of the week.
Slaughter resigns as Cleveland High School football coach.
Sunday November 18, 2012 By:Marquel Slaughter, Metro Sourc.
Higgins, Slaughter, Reed are winners.
Did police tell the whole truth about Zanesville, Ohio's infamous animal slaughter.
Slaughter cows firm to 1.00 higher.
17 Week ago: 2 Year ago: 6 Not enough slaughter cattle last week for comparison.
NE Daily Direct Slaughter Cattle .
Afternoon National Slaughter Cattle Review as of 2:00 pm Thursday.
"Hitchcock" at the box office this weekend, but the film didn't get slaughtered either.
It's the hateful and wrong-minded film from California, not Washington's slaughter of innocent Muslims and control over their societies and political life that causes the rage against us.
Controversy surrounds a proposed ban on slaughtering horses for human consumption overseas.

In science:

Extremist Muslim militants were responsible for the slaughter of the seven people in the province of Medea, 120 kilometers (74 miles) south of Algiers.
Centroid-based summarization of multiple documents: sentence extraction, utility-based evaluation, and user studies
S. Slaughter, D. Harter, and M. Krishnan. Evaluating the cost of software quality.
Improving the Technical Aspects of Software Testing in Enterprises
Fifteen fresh porcine brains were collected from a local slaughter house and tested within 8 h, which was consistent with previous work (Estes and McElhaney, 1970; Miller and Chinzei, 1997). Each brain was preserved in a physiological saline solution (0.9% NaCl /154 mmol/L) at 4 to 5oC during transportation.
Mechanical Characterization of Brain Tissue in Compression at Dynamic Strain Rates
As rhetoric about human rights flowed liberally, so did torture equipment for the Shah and tanks and planes for Indonesia to slaughter in East Timor.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days