butchery


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butch·er·y

 (bo͝och′ə-rē)
n. pl. butch·er·ies
1. Wanton or cruel killing; carnage.
2. Something botched; a bungle.
3. The trade of a butcher.
4. Chiefly British A slaughterhouse.

butchery

(ˈbʊtʃərɪ)
n, pl -eries
1. the business or work of a butcher
2. wanton and indiscriminate slaughter; carnage
3. (Agriculture) a less common word for slaughterhouse

butch•er•y

(ˈbʊtʃ ə ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. brutal or wanton slaughter of animals or humans.
2. the trade of a butcher.
3. Brit. a slaughterhouse.
4. the act of bungling or botching.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French]

Butchery

 butchers collectively, 1475.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.butchery - a building where animals are butcheredbutchery - a building where animals are butchered
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
2.butchery - the business of a butcherbutchery - the business of a butcher    
slaughter - the killing of animals (as for food)
business enterprise, commercial enterprise, business - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
3.butchery - the savage and excessive killing of many peoplebutchery - the savage and excessive killing of many people
murder, slaying, execution - unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
bloodbath, bloodletting, bloodshed, battue - indiscriminate slaughter; "a bloodbath took place when the leaders of the plot surrendered"; "ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name"; "the valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder"; "a huge prison battue was ordered"

butchery

noun
1. slaughter, killing, murder, massacre, bloodshed, carnage, mass murder, blood-letting, blood bath War is simply a legalised form of butchery.
2. carving, cutting up, dressing, cleaning, jointing a carcass hung up for butchery

butchery

noun
The savage killing of many victims:
Translations

butchery

[ˈbʊtʃərɪ] N (lit) → carnicería f (fig) → matanza f, carnicería f

butchery

[ˈbʊtʃəri] n
(= slaughter) [people] → boucherie f

butchery

n (= slaughter)Gemetzel nt, → Metzelei f; the butchery of millionsdas Abschlachten or Niedermetzeln von Millionen; stop the fight, this is butchery!brechen Sie den Kampf ab, das ist ja das reinste Gemetzel!

butchery

[ˈbʊtʃərɪ] n
a. (massacre) → massacro
b. (work of a butcher) → macellazione f, macelleria
References in classic literature ?
With an inconsistency as monstrous as anything in this awful nightmare, they had helped the healer, and tended the wounded man with the gentlest solicitude-- had made a litter for him and escorted him carefully from the spot-- had then caught up their weapons and plunged anew into a butchery so dreadful, that the Doctor had covered his eyes with his hands, and swooned away in the midst of it.
Had I not seen the repose in the first place, and the gladness that stole over it just ere the final dissolution came, as realization that the soul had been won, I could not have gone further with my butchery.
this," cried the voice, the tone of which was at once polished and jeering, "this is nothing but a butchery of horses and not a combat between men.
Keeping now steadily in mind the points to which I have drawn your attention - that peculiar voice, that unusual agility, and that startling absence of motive in a murder so singularly atrocious as this - let us glance at the butchery itself.
Some of the Astorians supposed it an act of butchery by a roving band of Blackfeet; others, however, and with greater probability of correctness, have ascribed it to the tribe of Pierced-nose Indians, in revenge for the death of their comrade hanged by order of Mr.
It was great blasphemy, when the devil said, I will ascend, and be like the highest; but it is greater blasphemy, to personate God, and bring him in saying, I will descend, and be like the prince of darkness; and what is it better, to make the cause of religion to descend, to the cruel and execrable actions of murthering princes, butchery of people, and subversion of states and governments?
The iguanodon glade was the scene of a horrible butchery.
He has turned what was clean, common-sense butchery among his fellow-barbarians into a very modern and scientific secret society of assassins.
There they look upon jetan as a martial sport--here it is but butchery.
That is butchery," said I; "but this--ah, this is an art.
For this decline political confusion is the chief cause; first, in the renewal of the Hundred Years' War, with its sordid effort to deprive another nation of its liberty, and then in the brutal and meaningless War of the Roses, a mere cut-throat civil butchery of rival factions with no real principle at stake.
You have heard of Brayne's last experiment in butchery, I suppose?