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butchery


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
  shed.  [Obs.] 
 
  Like  as  an  ox  is  hanged  in  the  butchery.  --Fabyan. 
 
  Syn:  Murder;  slaughter;  carnage.  See  {Massacre}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  butchery 
  n  1:  a  building  where  animals  are  butchered  [syn:  {abattoir},  {shambles}, 
  {slaughterhouse}] 
  2:  the  business  of  a  butcher  [syn:  {butchering}] 
  3:  the  savage  and  excessive  killing  of  people  [syn:  {slaughter}, 
  {carnage}] 




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