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

     

    butchery

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃəri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃəri//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1cruel, violent and unnecessary killing When are they going to put an end to this butchery?
  2. 2the work of preparing meat to be sold
  3. Word Origin Middle English (denoting a slaughterhouse or meat market): from Old French boucherie, from bouchier ‘butcher’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: butchery