Massacre

Definition of Massacre

Mas´sa`cre
n.1.The killing of a considerable number of human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty, or contrary to the usages of civilized people; as, the massacre on St. Bartholomew's Day; the St. Valentine's Day massacre; the Amritsar massacre; the Wounded Knee massacre.
2.Murder.
I'll find a day to massacre them all,
And raze their faction and their family.
- Shak.
Such a scent I draw
Of carnage, prey innumerable!
- Milton.
v. t.1.To kill in considerable numbers where much resistance can not be made; to kill with indiscriminate violence, without necessity, and contrary to the usages of nations; to butcher; to slaughter; - limited to the killing of human beings.
[imp. & p. p. Massacred ; p. pr. & vb. n. Massacring .]
If James should be pleased to massacre them all, as Maximian had massacred the Theban legion.
- Macaulay.

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