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[mas-uh-ker] /ˈmæs ə kər/

the unnecessary, indiscriminate killing of a large number of human beings or animals, as in barbarous warfare or persecution or for revenge or plunder.
a general slaughter, as of persons or animals:
the massacre of millions during the war.
Informal. a crushing defeat, especially in sports.
verb (used with object), massacred, massacring.
to kill unnecessarily and indiscriminately, especially a large number of persons.
Informal. to defeat decisively, especially in sports.
the wanton or savage killing of large numbers of people, as in battle
(informal) an overwhelming defeat, as in a game
verb (transitive)
to kill indiscriminately or in large numbers
(informal) to defeat overwhelmingly

1580s, from Middle French massacrer “to slaughter” (16c.), from massacre (n.) “wholesale slaughter, carnage” (see massacre (n.)). Related: Massacred; massacring.

1580s, from Middle French massacre “wholesale slaughter, carnage,” from Old French macacre, macecle “slaughterhouse, butchery,” of unknown origin; perhaps related to Latin macellum “provisions store, butcher shop.”


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