from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Murderous; cruel.
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And then I remembered the butcherous assortment of saws and knives I had seen among Beaton's implements at Leoch, and I knew.
On the morning of December 17, the second day of the German offensive, a panzer unit, led by a butcherous colonel named Jochem Peiper, overran a small fuel dump nearby.
The attack on him had suddenly become butcherous, cruel, sneaking into his mind somehow to use his most dreaded nightmares against him.
For if that devilish rascal Neuendorf ain’t guilty, then the butcherous killer is still walkin’ the streets
a new story out detailing -- as never before -- the depth of Kissinger's involvement in that bloody, butcherous coup of 1973.