butchery

Definitions of butchery
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n a building where animals are butchered

Synonyms:
abattoir, shambles, slaughterhouse
Type of:
building, edifice
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

n the business of a butcher

Synonyms:
butchering
Type of:
business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise
the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects

n the savage and excessive killing of many people

Synonyms:
carnage, mass murder, massacre, slaughter
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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