massacre

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Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ʼmæsɘkɘ*/
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Noun[change]

Singular
massacre

Plural
massacres

  1. A massacre is when many people are killed. This is especially true when those killed appear to be innocent civilians not linked to the war in progress. Very often, the term is also applied if the killings were done in a brutal way.
    Many people were killed in the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War.

Verb[change]

Plain form
massacre

Third-person singular
massacres

Past tense
massacred

Past participle
massacred

Present participle
massacring

  1. To kill many innocent people without much resistance; to slaughter people.