Massacre
Massacre Mas"sa*cre, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Massacred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Massacring}.] [Cf. F. massacrer. See {Massacre}, n.] 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. [1913 Webster]

If James should be pleased to massacre them all, as Maximian had massacred the Theban legion. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • massacre — [ masakr ] n. m. • XVIe; macecre « abattoir » fin XIe; de massacrer I ♦ 1 ♦ Vx Action de tuer une grande quantité de gibier. Sonner le massacre, la curée. 2 ♦ (1753) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Massacre — Datos generales Origen Buenos Aires, Argentina …   Wikipedia Español

  • massacre — MASSACRE. s. m. Tuerie, carnage. Il se dit principalement des hommes qu on tuë sans qu ils se défendent. Grand massacre. sanglant massacre. horrible massacre. le massacre des Innocents fait par Herode. le massacre des Vespres Siciliennes. le… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • massacre — n Massacre, slaughter, butchery, carnage, pogrom are comparable when they mean a great and often wanton killing of human beings. Massacre implies promiscuous and wholesale slaying, especially of those who are not prepared to defend themselves and …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Massacre — Mas sa*cre, n. [F., fr. LL. mazacrium; cf. Prov. G. metzgern, metzgen, to kill cattle, G. metzger a butcher, and LG. matsken to cut, hew, OHG. meizan to cut, Goth. m[ a]itan.] 1. The killing of a considerable number of human beings under… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • massacré — massacré, ée (ma sa kré, krée) part. passé de massacrer. Les intérêts des Juifs déjà me sont sacrés. •   Parlez : vos ennemis aussitôt massacrés, Victimes de la foi que ma bouche vous jure, De ma fatale erreur répareront l injure, RAC. Esth. III …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • massacre — Massacre, Un grand massacre, c est à dire grand meurtre. En Venerie on dit le massacre du Cerf, quand il est desfait …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • massacre — [n] killing of many annihilation, assassination, bloodbath, bloodshed, butchery, carnage, decimation, extermination, genocide, internecion, murder, slaughter, slaying; concept 252 massacre [v] kill, often in great numbers annihilate, butcher,… …   New thesaurus

  • massacre — m. massacre ; tuerie. voir chaple …   Diccionari Personau e Evolutiu

  • Massacre — (fr., spr. Massaker), Blutbad, Metzelei; daher Massacriren, ermorden …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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