Definition of massacre noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmæsəkə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəkər//
    [countable, uncountable]
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  1. 1the killing of a large number of people especially in a cruel way the bloody massacre of innocent civilians Nobody survived the massacre.
  2. 2(informal) a very big defeat in a game or competition The game was a 10–0 massacre for our team.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French, of unknown origin.Extra examples He accused the troops of the indiscriminate massacre of civilians. The massacre was carried out by enemy troops. a massacre by rebel soldiers an appalling massacre of women and children The bloody massacre of innocent civilians took place in October of that year.
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