Synonyms of 'the sword'
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You can refer to the cruel killing of a lot of people as butchery when you want to express your horror and disgust at this.
War is simply a legalised form of butchery.
A massacre is the killing of a large number of people at the same time in a violent and cruel way.
She lost her mother in the massacre.
Thesaurus for the sword from the Collins English Thesaurus
violence or power, esp military power