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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Massacre  \Mas"sa*cre\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Massacred};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Massacring}.]  [Cf.  F.  massacrer.  See  {Massacre},  n.] 
  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. 
  If  James  should  be  pleased  to  massacre  them  all  as 
  Maximian  had  massacred  the  Theban  legion.  --Macaulay. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Massacre  \Mas"sa*cre\,  n.  [F.,  fr  LL  mazacrium  cf  Prov.  G. 
  metzgern,  metzgen,  to  kill  cattle,  G.  metzger  a  butcher,  and 
  LG  matsken  to  cut,  hew,  OHG.  meizan  to  cut,  Goth. 
  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 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  the  wanton  killing  of  many  people  [syn:  {mass  murder}] 
  v  :  kill  a  large  number  of  people  indiscriminately;  "The  Hutus 
  massacred  the  Tutsis  in  Rwanda"  [syn:  {slaughter},  {mow 

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