hecatomb definition

  • noun:
    • A large-scale sacrifice or slaughter.
    • A sacrifice toward ancient Greek and Roman gods consisting originally of 100 oxen or cattle.
    • In old Greece or Rome, a fantastic feast and general public sacrifice to the gods, initially of one hundred oxen.
    • Any great sacrifice; a great number of men and women, animals or things, specially as sacrificed or destroyed; lots.
    • A sacrifice of one hundred oxen or cattle at precisely the same time; thus, the give up or slaughter of any many sufferers.
    • In classical antiquity, a sacrifice of 100 oxen or any other beasts of 1 sort; for this reason, any great give up of sufferers; any great slaughter of individuals or pets.
    • a great give up; an ancient Greek or Roman give up of 100 oxen

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