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  • noun Plural form of hecatomb.


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  • Near the ceiling long lines of bugs marched all day like columns of soldiers, and at night came down ravenously hungry, so that one had to get up every few hours and kill them in hecatombs.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • A strange smile hovered on their lips at that sad sight; but other speakers, mounted on the rostrum, began to publicly estimate what ambition had cost and how very dear was glory; they pointed out the horror of war and called the hecatombs butcheries.

    The Confession of a Child of the Century

  • Here is the "great altar" of Athena, whereon the "hecatombs" will be sacrificed, even

    A Day in Old Athens; a Picture of Athenian Life

  • Judging at least by our own reactions to these marvels of nature ” admittedly a risky procedure ” one could imagine that these mysterious sites, harboring dangerous animals but also offering shelter, could have become the center of such propitiating rituals, demanding and receiving symbolic "hecatombs" of sacrifice.

    The Miracle at Chauvet

  • It would determine “whether America has in reality gained by that change which has been thought so glorious—and whether those hecatombs of American heroes, whose blood so freely shed at the shrine of liberty, fell in vain.”


  • And stanley, you forgot to mention a certain faction of the 20th century, along with their myriads of hecatombs.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Che is about the only Stalinist that anybody could assert has a following in the United States, although I can see why you rabid antireds are shying away from that particular example, if the standard is to be hecatombs of kulaks.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Paul Hollander on the Fall of Communism

  • One suspects that "while hecatombs are hurried to the tomb"9 does not achieve quite the effect that Gough desired.

    The Little Professor:

  • Some feel that mass immigration happened by accident; or that Labour's economic miracle was, indeed, so miraculous that it required hecatombs of foreigners to come here and undertake it.

    By design, not by accident

  • The hecatombs of the Aztecs and the potlatches of the Native Americans of British Columbia are interpreted by Bataille as examples of practices in which squandering, waste and expenditure – in a word: the genereal economy – is given its proper place in culture.

    Message on the general economy to Tony « Jahsonic


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