from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of killing a large number of humans indiscriminately and cruelly.
- n. The slaughter of a large number of animals.
- n. Informal A severe defeat, as in a sports event.
- transitive v. To kill indiscriminately and wantonly; slaughter.
- transitive v. Informal To defeat decisively.
- transitive v. Informal To botch; bungle: massacred the French language trying to order dinner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The intentional killing of a considerable number of human beings, under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty, or contrary to the norms of civilized people.
- n. Murder.
- v. To kill in considerable numbers where much resistance can not be made; to kill with indiscriminate violence, without necessity, and contrary to the norms of civilized people; to butcher; to slaughter. (Often limited to the killing of human beings.)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The killing of a considerable number of human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty, or contrary to the usages of civilized people.
- n. Murder.
- transitive v. To kill in considerable numbers where much resistance can not be made; to kill with indiscriminate violence, without necessity, and contrary to the usages of nations; to butcher; to slaughter; -- limited to the killing of human beings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The indiscriminate killing of human beings; the unnecessary slaughter of a number of persons, as in barbarous warfare or persecution, or for revenge or plunder: as, the massacre of Glencoe: sometimes applied also to the wholesale killing of wild animals.
- n. In heraldry, a pair of antlers or attires attached to a piece of the skull, used as a bearing.
- To kill with attendant circumstances of atrocity; butcher; slaughter: commonly used in reference to the killing of a large number of human beings at once, who are not in a condition to defend themselves.
- Synonyms Murder, Slaughter, etc. See kill.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. kill a large number of people indiscriminately
- n. the savage and excessive killing of many people
For a discussion of the word massacre and Marlowe, see Graham Hammill, “Time for Marlowe,” ELH, vol. 75, no.
They very idea that serving gays could have have resulted in a massacre is an incredible statement.
Meanwhile, rebels have warned of what they call a "massacre" in the western city of Misrata unless NATO provides them more support against government forces.
Rebels in Libya are warning of what they call a "massacre" in the western city of Misrata unless NATO provides them more support against government forces.
Anti-government rebels said at least 23 people were killed and many more wounded in what they called a "massacre" in Libya's third-largest city.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem by denouncing what he described as the "massacre" taking place in Libya.
To me this massacre is a reminder that women are vulnerable to the rage of mentally-ill psychopaths, and that men have a responsibility to protect them.
As he was meeting with Prime Minister Sharon, the Palestinian saying bluntly that he must address the question of the -- of what they call the massacre of Palestinians in that refugee camp.
And because the Palestinians are making such really very, very strong accusations of what went on in the refugee camp, Palestinian officials are saying it seems difficult how we can discuss a question of cease-fire while we don't address this question of what they call a massacre in the Jenin camp.
Mandela said the stepped-up actions were aimed at putting a stop to what he described as the massacre of farmers.