massacre

See also: massacré

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

1580, from Middle French massacre, from Old French macacre, marcacre, macecre, macecle (slaughterhouse, butchery), usually thought to be deverbal from Old French macecrer, macecler (to slaughter), though the noun seems to be attested somewhat earlier. It is also found in Medieval Latin mazacrium (massacre, slaughter, killing”, also “the head of a newly killed stag). Further origin disputed:

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NounEdit

massacre (countable and uncountable, plural massacres)

  1. The killing of a considerable number (usually limited to people) where little or no resistance can be made, with indiscriminate violence, without necessity, and contrary to civilized norms.
    St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre
    St. Valentine's Day Massacre
    Amritsar Massacre
  2. (obsolete) Murder.
  3. (figuratively) Any overwhelming defeat, as in a game or sport.

SynonymsEdit

  • (mass killing contrary to civilized norms): butchery, slaughter (in the manner of livestock); decimation (strictly an orderly selection of ⅒ of a group for slaughter; see its entry for other terms concerning other ratios)

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VerbEdit

massacre (third-person singular simple present massacres, present participle massacring, simple past and past participle massacred)

  1. (transitive) To kill in considerable numbers where little or no resistance can be made, with indiscriminate violence, without necessity, and contrary to civilized norms. (Often limited to the killing of human beings.)
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To win against (an opponent) very decisively.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To perform (a work, such as a musical piece or a play) very poorly.
  4. (transitive, proscribed) To kill with great force or brutality.
    • 1972, The Godfather (film)
      Look how they massacred my boy.

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French massacre.

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NounEdit

massacre f (plural massacres)

  1. massacre

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FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle French massacre, from the verb massacrer.

NounEdit

massacre m (plural massacres)

  1. massacre
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DescendantsEdit
  • Catalan: massacre
  • Danish: massakre
  • German: Massaker
  • Norwegian Bokmål: massakre
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: massakre
  • Portuguese: massacre
  • Spanish: masacre

Etymology 2Edit

VerbEdit

massacre

  1. inflection of massacrer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Of disputed origin:

NounEdit

massacre m (plural massacres)

  1. massacre

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OccitanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French massacre.

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

massacre m (plural massacres)

  1. massacre

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PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French massacre.[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

 

  • Hyphenation: mas‧sa‧cre

NounEdit

massacre m (plural massacres)

  1. massacre

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ massacre” in Dicionário infopédia da Língua Portuguesa. Porto: Porto Editora, 2003–2023.
  2. ^ massacre” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.