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BUTCH'ERY, n. The business of slaughtering cattle for the table or for market.
noun (plural -eries) Date: 14th century
n. (pl. -ies) 1 needless or cruel slaughter (of people). 2 the butcher's trade. 3 a slaughterhouse. Etymology: ME f. OF boucherie (as BUTCHER)
Butchery Butch"er*y, n. [OE. bocherie shambles, fr. F. boucherie. See Butcher, n.] 1. The business of a butcher. [Obs.] 2. Murder or manslaughter, esp. when committed with unusual barbarity; great or cruel slaughter. --Shak. The perpetration of human butchery. --Prescott. 3. A slaughterhouse; the shambles; a place where blood is shed. [Obs.] Like as an ox is hanged in the butchery. --Fabyan. Syn: Murder; slaughter; carnage. See Massacre.
1. You can refer to the cruel killing of a lot of people as butchery when you want to express your horror and disgust at this. In her view, war is simply a legalised form of butchery. [disapproval] 2. Butchery is the work of cutting up meat and preparing it for sale. ...a carcass hung up for butchery.