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Verb: slaughter  slo-tu(r)
  1. Kill (animals) usually for food consumption
    "They slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter";
    - butcher
     
  2. Kill a large number of people indiscriminately
    "The Hutus slaughtered the Tutsis in Rwanda";
    - massacre, mow down, butcher
     
  3. [informal] Beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
    "We slaughtered the other team on Sunday!";
    - cream [informal], bat, clobber [informal], drub, thrash [informal], lick [informal], marmalise [Brit, informal], marmelise [Brit, informal], hammer [informal], marmelize [Brit, informal], smoke [N. Amer, informal], muller [Brit, informal], marmalize [Brit, informal], beat hollow [informal], tromp [N. Amer, informal], wipe the floor [informal], trounce, blow away [informal], whale [N. Amer, informal], paste [informal]
Noun: slaughter  slo-tu(r)
  1. The killing of animals (as for food)
     
  2. A sound defeat
    - thrashing, walloping, debacle, drubbing, trouncing, whipping, hammering [informal], pasting [informal], débâcle, smackdown [N. Amer, informal], beatdown [N. Amer]
     
  3. The savage and excessive killing of many people
    - massacre, mass murder, carnage, butchery

Derived forms: slaughtered, slaughters, slaughtering

Type of: beat, beat out, crush, defeat, execution, kill, killing, licking, murder, putting to death, shell, slaying, trounce, vanquish

Part of: butchering, butchery

Encyclopedia: Slaughter, Richard