Massacring
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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