butchery definition

  • noun:
    • Wanton or cruel killing; carnage.
    • anything botched; a bungle.
    • The trade of a butcher.
    • Chiefly British A slaughterhouse.
    • The cruel, ruthless killings of humans, as at a slaughterhouse.
    • An abattoir, a slaughterhouse.
    • The butchering of meat.
    • A disastrous work, an atrocious failure.
    • The stereotypical behaviors and accouterments of being a butch lesbian.
    • the business enterprise of a butcher.
    • Murder or manslaughter, esp. when committed with unusual barbarity; great or cruel slaughter.
    • A slaughterhouse; the shambles; someplace in which bloodstream is shed.
    • Slaughter; the act or company of slaughtering cattle.
    • The killing of a human being, especially in a barbarous manner; in addition, the killing of a great number, such as fight; great slaughter.
    • The place where animals tend to be killed for market; a shambles or slaughter-house; for this reason, someplace where blood is shed.
    • Synonyms Carnage, etc. See massacre.
    • business of a butcher
    • the savage and excessive killing of many folks
    • a building where animals tend to be butchered

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