[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.]
2. Murder or manslaughter, esp. when committed with unusual
barbarity; great or cruel slaughter. --Shak.
The perpetration of human butchery. --Prescott.
3. A slaughterhouse; the shambles; a place where blood is
Like as an ox is hanged in the butchery. --Fabyan.
Syn: Murder; slaughter; carnage. See Massacre.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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,