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verb [transitive] slaughter pronunciation in British English /ˈslɔːtə(r)/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyslaughter
he/she/itslaughters
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.
  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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