butch|er|y [ˈbutʃəri] n [U]
1.) cruel and unnecessary killing
the butchery of battle
2.) the preparation of meat for sale

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  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • butchery — index homicide Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • butchery — mid 15c., bocherie, from O.Fr. bocherie, from bochier (see BUTCHER (Cf. butcher)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • butchery — slaughter, *massacre, carnage, pogrom Analogous words: murdering or murder, slaying, killing (see corresponding verbs at KILL) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • butchery — [booch′ər ē] n. pl. butcheries [ME bocherie < OFr boucherie: see BUTCHER] 1. Now Chiefly Brit. a place where animals are killed for meat; slaughterhouse 2. the work or business of a butcher 3. brutal bloodshed or slaughter 4. the act or result …   English World dictionary

  • butchery — [[t]b ʊtʃəri[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT (disapproval) You can refer to the cruel killing of a lot of people as butchery when you want to express your horror and disgust at this. In her view, war is simply a legalised form of butchery. 2) N UNCOUNT… …   English dictionary

  • butchery — butch|er|y [ butʃəri ] noun uncount 1. ) the cruel and violent killing of a lot of people: SLAUGHTER: At least 200 people lost their lives in the butchery. 2. ) the work of cutting up animals to be sold as meat …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • butchery — noun (U) 1 cruel and unnecessary killing: the butchery of battle 2 the preparation of meat for sale …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • butchery — butcher ► NOUN 1) a person who cuts up and sells meat as a trade. 2) a person who slaughters animals for food. 3) a person who kills brutally or indiscriminately. ► VERB 1) slaughter or cut up (an animal) for food. 2) kill (someone) brutally. 3) …   English terms dictionary

  • butchery — noun (plural eries) Date: 14th century 1. chiefly British slaughterhouse 2. the preparation of meat for sale 3. cruel and ruthless slaughter of human beings 4. botch …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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