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NOUN (3)

1. a building where animals are butchered;
[syn: abattoir, butchery, shambles, slaughterhouse]

2. the business of a butcher;
[syn: butchery, butchering]

3. the savage and excessive killing of many people;
[syn: slaughter, massacre, mass murder, carnage, butchery]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Butchery \Butch"er*y\, n. [OE. bocherie shambles, fr. F. boucherie. See Butcher, n.] 1. The business of a butcher. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Murder or manslaughter, esp. when committed with unusual barbarity; great or cruel slaughter. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The perpetration of human butchery. --Prescott. [1913 Webster] 3. A slaughterhouse; the shambles; a place where blood is shed. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Like as an ox is hanged in the butchery. --Fabyan. [1913 Webster] Syn: Murder; slaughter; carnage. See Massacre. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

butchery n 1: a building where animals are butchered [syn: abattoir, butchery, shambles, slaughterhouse] 2: the business of a butcher [syn: butchery, butchering] 3: the savage and excessive killing of many people [syn: slaughter, massacre, mass murder, carnage, butchery]