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Meaning of slaughter

slaugh•ter

Pronunciation: (slô'tur), [key]
— n.
  1. the killing or butchering of cattle, sheep, etc., esp. for food.
  2. the brutal or violent killing of a person.
  3. the killing of great numbers of people or animals indiscriminately; carnage: the slaughter of war.
—v.t.
  1. to kill or butcher (animals), esp. for food.
  2. to kill in a brutal or violent manner.
  3. to slay in great numbers; massacre.
  4. to defeat thoroughly; trounce: They slaughtered our team.

Slaugh•ter

Pronunciation: (slô'tur), [key]
  1. born 1908, U.S. novelist and physician.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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