slaying


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slay

 (slā)
tr.v. slew (slo͞o) or slayed or slain (slān) or slayed, slay·ing, slays
1. To kill violently.
2. Slang To overwhelm, as with laughter or love: Those old jokes still slay me.

[Middle English slen, slayen, from Old English slēan.]

slay′er n.

slaying

(ˈsleɪɪŋ)
n
the act of killinga murder
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slaying - unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human beingslaying - unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
homicide - the killing of a human being by another human being
assassination - murder of a public figure by surprise attack
bloodshed, gore - the shedding of blood resulting in murder; "he avenged the bloodshed of his kinsmen"
contract killing - a murder carried out on agreement with a hired killer
parricide - the murder of your own father or mother
mariticide - the murder of a husband by his wife
fratricide - the murder of your sibling
uxoricide - the murder of a wife by her husband
filicide - the murder of your own son or daughter
liquidation, elimination - the murder of a competitor
carnage, mass murder, massacre, slaughter, butchery - the savage and excessive killing of many people
lynching - putting a person to death by mob action without due process of law
regicide - the act of killing a king
dry-gulching - the act of killing from ambush
hit - a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate; "it has all the earmarks of a Mafia hit"
infanticide - murdering an infant
shoot-down - murder by shooting someone down in cold blood
tyrannicide - killing a tyrant
thuggee - murder and robbery by thugs

slaying

noun killing, murder, massacre, assassination, manslaughter, homicide, bloodshed, carnage, butchery a trail of motiveless slayings
Translations

slaying

[ˈsleɪɪŋ] n
(= killing) → mort f (violente)
(mainly US) (= murder) → meurtre m

slaying

n (esp US: = murder) → Mord m; an increasing number of slayingseine Zunahme von Mordfällen
References in classic literature ?
Your slaying, ye judges, shall be pity, and not revenge; and in that ye slay, see to it that ye yourselves justify life!
Now Chaka was very angry at this slaying, and opened his heart to me.
But the "Odyssey" itself left much untold: what, for example, happened in Ithaca after the slaying of the suitors, and what was the ultimate fate of Odysseus?
What glory wilt thou win By slaying twice the slain?
Asteropaeus stood up out of the water to face him with a spear in either hand, and Xanthus filled him with courage, being angry for the death of the youths whom Achilles was slaying ruthlessly within his waters.
My fair waters are now filled with corpses, nor can I find any channel by which I may pour myself into the sea for I am choked with dead, and yet you go on mercilessly slaying. I am in despair, therefore, O captain of your host, trouble me no further."
It can be recalled that, Efia Odo who is neglecting the slay queen tag shot to fame by slaying on Instagram.
A former police general and now a congressman said all signs of an extrajudicial killing were present in the slaying of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa by the police for allegedly fighting back even while in detention.
JORDAN SLEW became an instant Ross County hero after slaying Caley Thistle - but Staggies boss Derek Adams revealed it was more a case of Jordan phew.
Summary: The Zahle branch of the Kataeb (Phalange) Party marked Friday the fourth anniversary of the slaying of two party officials, amid calls for a united opposition.
It is widely suspected that the tribunal will indict members of Hizbullah before the end of the year, though Hizbullah officials said they have evidence to suggest Israel had a hand in the slaying. Daniel Bellemare, the chief prosecutor at the STL, said his office was "extremely disappointed" about a report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
Manila President Benigno Aquino is urging law enforcement authorities to come up with a "proactive" plan to address extrajudicial killings in the aftermath of the Monday slaying of a left-wing activist in central Philippines.