• WordNet 3.6
    • n butchery the savage and excessive killing of many people
    • n butchery the business of a butcher
    • n butchery a building where animals are butchered
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Butchery A slaughterhouse; the shambles; a place where blood is shed. "Like as an ox is hanged in the butchery ."
    • Butchery Murder or manslaughter, esp. when committed with unusual barbarity; great or cruel slaughter. "The perpetration of human butchery ."
    • Butchery The business of a butcher.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n butchery Slaughter; the act or business of slaughtering cattle.
    • n butchery The killing of a human being, especially in a barbarous manner; also, the killing of a large number, as in battle; great slaughter.
    • n butchery The place where animals are killed for market; a shambles or slaughter-house; hence, a place where blood is shed.
    • n butchery Synonyms Carnage, etc. See massacre.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Butchery great or cruel slaughter: a slaughter-house or shambles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bocherie, shambles, fr. F. boucherie,. See Butcher (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bochier, bouchier, one who kills he-goats—boc, a he-goat; allied to Eng. Buck.


In literature:

Du Sang stood in no need of the butchery; the escape could have been made without it.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
He wasn't going to let his men ride aloft to helpless butchery.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
One ship only escaped the general butchery and carried the refugees home.
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut
Why then should he be averse to international butchery in Europe?
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
None of the bloody butchery has been Danton's.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
We also save ourselves the necessity of training the young and the old to scenes of butchery and blood.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
Anyway, we've got to clean up the signs of this butchery before she comes.
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
And this was intended from the very moment the project of the Parisian butchery was hastily and inconsiderately adopted by the king.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
It was wholesale butchery.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
The executioner, hardened by deeds of daily butchery, could not look upon this spectacle of the misery of the Queen of France unmoved.
"Maria Antoinette" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

In poetry:

That was the cause!--
Are there no laws,--
Laws to protect such as we?
"After The Accident" by Francis Bret Harte
The counselor who took the fee,
The witnesses and referee,
The judge who granted the decree,
Died in that wholesale butchery.
"A Moral Vindicator" by Francis Bret Harte
The pomps of butchery, financial power,
Told 'em to die in war, and then to save,
Then cut their saving to the half or lower;
When will this system lie down in its grave?
"Alf’s Fifth Bit" by Ezra Pound
Keep the sword in its sheath;
Seek sweet peace for a time,
Till, all armed to the teeth,
Our meek voices may climb
To sue for the blessings of Heaven
On butchery, purged of all crime.
"The Criminal War" by C J Dennis
From butchery? that back again hath brought her
Into that age barbarian that priced
Hate above Love; and, shod with steel and slaughter,
Stamped on the Cross and on the face of Christ.
"The Iron Age" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

His family-owned business since 1978, The Butchery on Donegal Lane was fully engulfed in flames.
Courtesy photo Glen St Cyr is the owner of The Butchery .
Going whole hog for butchery classes.
Wounded UK journalist blasts ' butchery ,' recalls harrowing escape from Syria.
The subject is pure butchery .
Alyson Thomas's Whimsical, Must-Love Butchery Diagrams.
Chop Butchery and Charcuterie .
Tina Rosenberg (Editorial Observer, Aug 23) notes the contradictions in Shakespeare's Henry V , who moves easily from chivalric speeches to butchery, and on to courtly wooing.
Is it the formal outfits, the contrast between butchery and Victorian prudery, the era's fascination with death and the supernatural, or just the passage of time.
In adapting Bret Easton Ellis's turgid, gory 1991 novel to the screen, the director Mary Harron has boiled a bloated stew of brand names and butchery into a lean and mean horror comedy classic.
Stop into Ray's Custom Butchery 7 miles East of Sedalia on 50 Hwy during bow season and register to win a $100 gift certificate towards deer processing for gun season.
That's the effect Brandon Sheard had recently on a group of students to whom he was teaching the finer points of butchery.
The butchery of the innocent Never stops.
Tina Rosenberg (Editorial Observer, Aug 23) notes the contradictions in Shakespeare's Henry V, who moves easily from chivalric speeches to butchery, and on to courtly wooing.
Zombie Game Opens Butchery to Sell 'Human' Meat People-shaped cuts are edible, but aren't people By Rebecca Cullers.