butchery

Definitions of butchery
  1. noun
    a building where animals are butchered
    synonyms: abattoir, shambles, slaughterhouse
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    type of:
    building, edifice
    a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
  2. noun
    the business of a butcher
    synonyms: butchering
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    type of:
    business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise
    the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
  3. noun
    the savage and excessive killing of many people
    synonyms: carnage, mass murder, massacre, slaughter
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    examples:
    Alamo
    a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836; Mexican forces under Santa Anna besieged and massacred American rebels who were fighting to make Texas independent of Mexico
    Battle of the Little Bighorn
    a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull; Custer underestimated the size of the Sioux forces (which were supported by Cheyenne warriors) and was killed along with all his command
    types:
    battue, bloodbath, bloodletting, bloodshed
    indiscriminate slaughter
    type of:
    execution, murder, slaying
    unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
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