slaughter - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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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. 3
    informal to criticize someone very severely

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