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"slaughter" in British English

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slaughternoun

uk   /ˈslɔː.tər/  us   /ˈslɑː.t̬ɚ/
C2 [S or U] the ​killing of many ​peoplecruelly and ​unfairly, ​especially in a ​war: Hardly anyone in the ​townescaped the slaughter when the ​rebels were ​defeated. We must ​findways of ​reducing the slaughter which ​takesplace on ​ourroads (= ​death of many ​people in ​caraccidents) every ​year. [U] the ​killing of ​animals for ​meat: The ​geese are being fattened for slaughter. [S] an ​occasion when one ​team is very ​easilydefeated by the other: Saturday's ​game was an ​absolute slaughter.

slaughterverb [T]

uk   /ˈslɔː.tər/  us   /ˈslɑː.t̬ɚ/
to ​cruelly and ​unfairlykill a lot of ​people: Thousands of ​people were slaughtered in the ​civilwar. to ​kill an ​animal for ​meat: The ​animals are slaughtered in ​spring. to ​defeat someone very ​easily: England slaughtered Germany 5–1 at ​football.
(Definition of slaughter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slaughter" in American English

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slaughternoun [U]

 us   /ˈslɔ·t̬ər/
  • slaughter noun [U] (KILLING ANIMALS)

the ​killing of ​animals for ​theirmeat, or the ​killing of ​largenumbers of ​animals in a ​cruelmanner
  • slaughter noun [U] (KILLING PEOPLE)

the ​killing of ​largenumbers of ​people: We must ​findways of ​reducing the slaughter on the ​highways (= ​deaths of many ​people in ​caraccidents).

slaughterverb [T]

 us   /ˈslɔt̬·ər/
  • slaughter verb [T] (KILLING PEOPLE)

to ​killlargenumbers of ​people infml In ​sports and other competitions, to slaughter is to ​defeateasily: The ​Red Sox slaughtered the ​Yankees in last night’s ​baseballgame, ​winning 12 to 0.
  • slaughter verb [T] (KILLING ANIMALS)

to ​killanimals, esp. for ​theirmeat
(Definition of slaughter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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