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Definition of Massacre


  1. The killing of a considerable number of human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty, or contrary to the usages of civilized people; as, the massacre on St. Bartholomew's Day.
  2. Murder.
  3. To kill in considerable numbers where much resistance can not be made; to kill with indiscriminate violence, without necessity, and contrary to the usages of nations; to butcher; to slaughter; -- limited to the killing of human beings.

Massacre Quotations

Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.
Mark Twain

War: a massacre of people who don't know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don't massacre each other.
Paul Valery

As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.

We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry, because we didn't think it was fair in the history books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory, and when the Indians won it was a massacre.
Dick Gregory

The public weal requires that men should betray, and lie, and massacre.
Michel de Montaigne
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Massacre Translations

massacre in Dutch is moordpartij, bloedbad
massacre in German is massakrieren, Blutbad, Blutbad
massacre in Latin is occidio, strages, trucido
massacre in Spanish is matanza
massacre in Swedish is massakrera, massaker

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