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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.]
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the act of killinga murder
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|Noun||1.||slaying - 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
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
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noun killing, murder, massacre, assassination, manslaughter, homicide, bloodshed, carnage, butchery a trail of motiveless slayings
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