Massacre_1 noun

the unnecessary, indiscriminate killing of a large number of human beings or animals, as in barbarous warfare or persecution or for revenge or plunder.

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First recorded in 1575–85; (noun), from Middle French massacre, noun derivative of massacrer,Old French maçacrer, macecler, probably from unattested Vulgar Latin matteūcculāre, verbal derivative sầu of unattested matteūca “mallet” (see mashie, mace1); (verb) from Middle French massacrer
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A massacre is a large-scale killing of people or animals, especially defenseless ones.

The word implies that such a killing was especially unnecessary, brutal, and indiscriminate. An sự kiện in which soldiers kill many civilians could be called a massacre. Mass shootings are massacres.

Massacre can also be used in a more general way khổng lồ refer lớn killing on a large-scale, as in This war will result in the massacre of millions. 

Massacre can also be used as a verb in both of these senses, as in The flock was massacred by the pachồng of wolves. 

Massacre is also used figuratively as a noun and a verb in the context of a decisive sầu defeat, especially a one-sided sporting event, as in It was a massacre—we lost 12-0. 

Example: Every day, the news tells us of yet another massacre of innocent people by a person with a gun.


Where does massacre come from?


The first records of the word massacre come from around 1580. It comes from the Middle French verb massacrer.

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It may ultimately derive sầu from the Vulgar Latin matteūca, meaning “mallet,” but its origin is uncertain.

When referring khổng lồ a violent sự kiện, the word massacre is most often used in reference lớn war. In particular, it is used khổng lồ refer to events in which soldiers are killing not just other soldiers but also civilians. In the United States, the word massacre has been used in reference khổng lồ historic events that include violent killings of defenseless victims. For example, during the Boston Massacre of 1770, British soldiers fired on a crowd of colonists, killing five sầu. Other events labeled massacres often involve the killing of many more people—thousands or even millions.


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massacrer (noun)unmassacred (adjective)

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How is massacre used in real life?


Massacre is often used in the context of violent events, but it’s commonly used in a figurative sầu way, especially in the context of sports.

“This was a massacre. Nine people died on that day. Six of them were children.”

A Sky News investigation has discovered evidence of a recent potential war crime in northern Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition, which is backed by the US & Britain

— Sky News (
SkyNews) September 27, 2020

Wounded Knee was a massacre of hundreds of defenseless Native sầu men, women, and children at the hands of U.S. soldiers. We must take steps lớn address this horrific injustice. Today, I am proud to lớn join my colleagues on a bill khổng lồ revoke Medals of Honor awarded for Wounded Knee.

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— Kamala Harris (
SenKamalaHarris) November 28, 2019

The Patriots massacre of the Colts on Sunday is going to be such a bloodbath that the NFL might have sầu to lớn move the game khổng lồ HBO. Not for cable.

— Jared Carrabis (
Jared_Carrabis) October 12, 2015


Words related lớn massacre


murder, slaughter, bloodbath, genocide, extermination, carnage, bloodshed, slaying, assassination, annihilate, exterminate, butcher, decimate, annihilation, butchery, decimation, depopulate, mass murder

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massacre
/ (ˈmæsəkə) /

noun


the wanton or savage killing of large numbers of people, as in battle
informal an overwhelming defeat, as in a game

verb (tr)


to kill indiscriminately or in large numbers
informal lớn defeat overwhelmingly

Derived forms of massacre

massacrer (ˈmæsəkrə), noun

Word Origin for massacre


C16: from Old French, of unknown origin

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