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Frank slaughter

[slaw-ter] /ˈslɔ tər/

Frank, 1908–2001, U.S. novelist and physician.
the killing of animals, esp for food
the savage killing of a person
the indiscriminate or brutal killing of large numbers of people, as in war; massacre
(informal) a resounding defeat
verb (transitive)
to kill (animals), esp for food
to kill in a brutal manner
to kill indiscriminately or in large numbers
(informal) to defeat resoundingly

c.1300, “killing of a cattle or sheep for food, killing of a person,” from a Scandinavian *slahtr, akin to Old Norse slatr “a butchering, butcher meat,” slatra “to slaughter,” slattr “a mowing” from Proto-Germanic *slukhtis, related to Old Norse sla “to strike” (see slay (v.)) + formative suffix (cf. laugh/laughter). Meaning “killing of a large number of persons in battle” is attested from mid-14c. Old English had slieht “stroke, slaughter, murder, death; animals for slaughter;” cf. sliehtswyn “pig for killing.”

1530s, “butcher an animal for market,” from slaughter (n.). Meaning “slay wantonly, ruthlessly, or in great numbers” is from 1580s. Related: Slaughtered; slaughtering.
see: like a lamb to the slaughter


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