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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.
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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
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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]
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Butcherybutchers collectively, 1475.
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|Noun||1.||butchery - a building where animals are butchered|
|2.||butchery - the business of a butcher |
slaughter - the killing of animals (as for food)
|3.||butchery - the savage and excessive killing of many people|
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1. slaughter, killing, murder, massacre, bloodshed, carnage, mass murder, blood-letting, blood bath War is simply a legalised form of butchery.
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(= slaughter) [people] → boucherie f
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