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verb [transitive]     slaughter pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleslaughtering
past tenseslaughtered
past participleslaughtered
  1. 1
    to kill a lot of people in a violent way

    Thousands of people were slaughtered during the conflict.

    1. a.
      to kill animals, usually for their meat
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  2. 2
    informal to defeat an opponent thoroughly or completely

    Did they win? They slaughtered us!

  3. 3
    informal to criticize someone very severely

    He was slaughtered both by the critics and by his peers.


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