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definition of the word massacre

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French, from Late Latin mazacrium; compare Provincial German metzgern, metzgen, to kill cattle, German Metzger a butcher, and Low German matsken = to cut, hew, Old High German meizan to cut, Gothic máitan. See also French massacrer



massacre (plural massacres)

  1. The intentional killing of a considerable number of human beings, under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty, or contrary to the usages of civilized people.
    the massacre on St. Bartholomew's Day
    St. Valentine's Day massacre
    Amritsar massacre
    the w:Wounded Knee massacre
  2. (obsolete) Murder.
    • 1593, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Richard the Third
      The tyrannous and bloody act is done,—
      The most arch deed of piteous massacre
      That ever yet this land was guilty of.

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