slain pl (plural only)
- (with "the") Those who have been killed.
- 1816, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Canto the Third, London: Printed for John Murray, […], OCLC 1015450009, canto III, stanza LXIII, page 36:
- […] Morat ! the proud, the patriot field ! where man / May gaze on ghastly trophies of the slain, / Nor blush for those who conquered on that plain ; / Here Burgundy bequeath'd his tombless host, / A bony heap, through ages to remain, / Themselves their monument ;— the Stygian coast / Unsepulchred they roam'd, and shriek'd each wandering ghost.
- 1906, Mary Elizabeth Lewis, The ethics of Wagner's The ring of the Nibelung, page 41:
- While the Valkyries were the choosers of the valorous slain, they were also obedient to the call of any in distress who asked their help.