Slaugh"ter (?), n. [OE. slautir, slaughter, slaghter, Icel. slatr slain flesh, modified by OE. slaught, slaht, slaughter, fr. AS. sleaht a stroke, blow; both from the root of E. slay. See Slay, v. t., and cf. Onslaught.]

The act of killing.

Specifically: (a)

The extensive, violent, bloody, or wanton destruction of life; carnage.

On war and mutual slaughter bent. Milton.


The act of killing cattle or other beasts for market


Syn. -- Carnage; massacre; butchery; murder; havoc.


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Slaugh"ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Slaughtered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Slaughtering.]


To visit with great destruction of life; to kill; to slay in battle.

Your castle is surprised; your wife and babes Savagely slaughtered. Shak.


To butcher; to kill for the market, as beasts.


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