Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Wanton or cruel killing; carnage.
  • noun Something botched; a bungle.
  • noun The trade of a butcher.
  • noun Chiefly British A slaughterhouse.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Slaughter; the act or business of slaughtering cattle.
  • noun The killing of a human being, especially in a barbarous manner; also, the killing of a large number, as in battle; great slaughter.
  • noun The place where animals are killed for market; a shambles or slaughter-house; hence, a place where blood is shed.
  • noun Synonyms Carnage, etc. See massacre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete The business of a butcher.
  • noun Murder or manslaughter, esp. when committed with unusual barbarity; great or cruel slaughter.
  • noun obsolete A slaughterhouse; the shambles; a place where blood is shed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The cruel, ruthless killings of humans, as at a slaughterhouse.
  • noun rare An abattoir, a slaughterhouse.
  • noun The butchering of meat.
  • noun A disastrous effort, an atrocious failure.
  • noun slang The stereotypical behaviors and accouterments of being a butch lesbian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the business of a butcher
  • noun the savage and excessive killing of many people
  • noun a building where animals are butchered

Etymologies

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butcher +‎ -y

Examples

  • Second, the butchery is by no means confined to Chihuahua, but occurs nationwide.

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  • Second, the butchery is by no means confined to Chihuahua, but occurs nationwide.

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  • Second, the butchery is by no means confined to Chihuahua, but occurs nationwide.

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  • Second, the butchery is by no means confined to Chihuahua, but occurs nationwide.

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  • Having already established that our Spartan heroes kill pretty much anything that comes within screaming distance, the industrial music cranks up while we watch as Greek butchery is taken to a visual level hitherto unseen: Asian and Middle Eastern baddies carved up like Easter hams.

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  • And on a broader front, as reported in The New Yorker and The New Republic, Al Qaeda's wanton butchery is facing an intellectual challenge from within its own ranks.

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  • Fearnley-Whittingstall’s occasional efforts to explain butchery, like boning a leg of lamb (encouraging his readers not to bother with a professional but to do the 'hatchet job yourself — it’s quite easy to improvise'), reveal a tolerance for chaos ( 'It’s a bit tricky to explain') that may be without precedent among people who make

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  • Bernard Vandaele (KULeuven) and by Kerim Altu (Istanbul University) supervised the northern excavations, first focusing on the space just north of the unexcavated structure we tentatively identified as a butchery (see introduction).

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  • Broomfield City Council on May 26 unanimously approved a proposed plan to give tax incentives to the butchery, which is slated to move from Boulder in July and open in Broomfield in early August.

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  • I liked Willy Wonka even when shitloads of people called it a "butchery" and I'm waiting to watch his version of Alice in Wonderland.

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  • This word was used in the movie "Alexander" when the historian was talking about the battle in India.

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