Meaning of MASSACRE in English

I. ˈmasə̇kə(r), ˈmaas-, -sēk-, substand -səˌkrē transitive verb

( massacred ; massacred ; massacring -k(ə)riŋ, substand -səˌkrēiŋ ; massacres )

Etymology: Middle French massacrer, from Old French macecrer, from maçacre, n.


a. : to kill by massacre : slaughter

the Spaniards were neatly massacred — Green Peyton

b. : to murder or kill (a person) especially with violence or cruelty

2. : mangle , mutilate

some people who ordinarily massacre grammar — S.L.Payne

got the knife, and massacred the bag — Carolyn Hannay

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French, from Old French maçacre


a. : the act or an instance of killing a considerable number of human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty : a wholesale slaughter

the massacre of most of the surviving crew by natives — F.R.Dulles

the Indians suffered as many massacres as they inflicted — R.S.Cotterill

b. : a peculiarly cruel or wanton act of murder or killing

went … to avenge the massacre of a brother and a cousin — Elizabeth H. West

c. : a wholesale or wanton slaughter of animals

a whale hunt and massacre — Brenda Maguire

great massacres of foxes — T.B.Macaulay

2. : an act of thorough destruction : mangling

the author's massacre of traditional federalist presuppositions — R.G.McCloskey

a massacre of sense and grammar

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