slaughter


slaughter
[[t]slɔ͟ːtə(r)[/t]]
slaughters, slaughtering, slaughtered
1) VERB: usu passive If large numbers of people or animals are slaughtered, they are killed in a way that is cruel or unnecessary.

[be V-ed] Thirty four people were slaughtered while queuing up to cast their votes...

[be V-ed] Whales and dolphins are still being slaughtered for commercial gain.

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N-UNCOUNT
Slaughter is also a noun.

This was only a small part of a war where the slaughter of civilians was commonplace... The annual slaughter of wildlife in Italy is horrific.

2) VERB To slaughter animals such as cows and sheep means to kill them for their meat.

[V n] Lack of chicken feed means that chicken farms are having to slaughter their stock.

N-UNCOUNT
Slaughter is also a noun.

More than 491,000 sheep were exported to the Continent for slaughter last year.

3) like lambs to the slaughtersee lamb

English dictionary. 2008.

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