Synonyms of 'butcher'
a person who kills animals for meatI went to the butcher for steak for my lunch.
a brutal murdererThis bunch are mere brutes and butchers.
to kill and prepare (animals) for meatFlint was used for butchering meat in the Stone Age.
to kill (people) at random or brutallyOur people are being butchered in their own homes.
More than 1,000 people have been killed by the armed forces.
Whales and dolphins are still being slaughtered for commercial gain.
Troops indiscriminately massacred the defenceless population.
The horse had to be destroyed.
a plot to assassinate the President
slay (archaic, literary),
the hill where he slew the dragon
They have not hesitated in the past to liquidate their rivals.
A huge effort was made to exterminate the rats.
put to the sword
to make a mess ofI am not in Cannes because they butchered my film.
The building was completely destroyed.
The original decor was all ruined during renovation.
Vandals wrecked the garden.
It is important not to let mistakes spoil your life.
The writer's verdict was that his screenplay had been mutilated.
It's a silly idea, and he has botched it.
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in the sense of assassinate
to murder (a prominent person)a plot to assassinate the President
in the sense of botch
to spoil through clumsiness or ineptitudeIt's a silly idea, and he has botched it.
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