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Synonyms for massacreˈmæs ə kər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slaughter, massacre, mass murder, carnage, butchery(verb)

    the savage and excessive killing of many people

    trouncing, thrashing, abattoir, debacle, walloping, mass murder, drubbing, butchery, whipping, butchering, carnage, slaughterhouse, shambles, massacre, slaughter

  2. massacre, slaughter, mow down(verb)

    kill a large number of people indiscriminately

    "The Hutus massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda"

    butcher, massacre, mow down, slaughter


  1. massacre(noun)

    slaughter, butchery, carnage

  2. massacre(noun)

    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.

    butchery, slaughter, carnage

  3. massacre(noun)


    carnage, slaughter, butchery

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. massacre

    A massacre is the indiscriminate killing in numbers of the unresisting or defenseless; butchery is the killing of men rudely and ruthlessly as cattle are killed in the shambles. Havoc may not be so complete as massacre, nor so coldly brutal as butchery, but is more widely spread and furious; it is destruction let loose, and may be applied to organizations, interests, etc., as well as to human life; "as for Saul, he made havoc of the church," Acts viii, 3. Carnage (Latin caro, carnis, flesh) refers to widely scattered or heaped up corpses of the slain; slaughter is similar in meaning, but refers more to the process, as carnage does to the result; these two words only of the group may be used of great destruction of life in open and honorable battle, as when we say the enemy was repulsed with great slaughter, or the carnage was terrible.

    butchery, carnage, havoc, slaughter

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. massacre(v. a.)

    butcher (human beings), murder, kill, slay, slaughter

  2. massacre(n.)

    butchery, slaughter, carnage

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. massacre

    Mass murder, see there

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