[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
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.”
- Massacre of the innocents
noun 1. the slaughter of all the young male children of Bethlehem at Herod’s command in an attempt to destroy Jesus (Matthew 2:16–18)
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noun 1. a commercial establishment providing massages. 2. a commercial establishment providing sexual services under the guise of offering massages. massage parlor n. An establishment that offers therapeutic massage. noun phrase A place that provides sexual services under the guise of legitimate body massage; rap club (1970s+)
- Massage parlour
noun 1. a business providing massage services 2. (euphemistic) a brothel