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Synonyms of 'massacre'

(noun) 
Definition
the wanton or savage killing of large numbers of people
She lost her mother in the massacre.
Synonyms
slaughter
The annual slaughter of wildlife is horrific.
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killing
This is a brutal killing.
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murder
The three accused are charged with attempted murder.
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holocaust
a fund for survivors of the holocaust and their families
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carnage
Their peaceful protest ended in carnage.
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extermination
the extermination of thousands of innocent people
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butchery
War is simply a legalised form of butchery.
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mass slaughter
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blood bath
(verb) 
Definition
to kill people indiscriminately in large numbers
Troops indiscriminately massacred the defenceless population.
Synonyms
slaughter
Whales and dolphins are still being slaughtered for commercial gain.
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kill
More than 1,000 people have been killed by the armed forces.
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murder
a thriller about two men who murder a third
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butcher
Our people are being butchered in their own homes.
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take out (slang)
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wipe out
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slay (archaic, literary)
the hill where he slew the dragon
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blow away (slang, mainly US)
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annihilate
The army was annihilated.
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exterminate
A huge effort was made to exterminate the rats.
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mow down
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cut to pieces

Additional synonyms

in the sense of annihilate
Definition
to destroy (a place or a group of people) completely
The army was annihilated.
Synonyms
wipe out,
root out,
extirpate (archaic),
wipe from the face of the earth,
kennet (Australian, slang),
jeff (Australian, slang)
in the sense of butcher
Definition
to kill (people) at random or brutally
Our people are being butchered in their own homes.
Synonyms
cut down,
slay (archaic, literary),
put to the sword
in the sense of butchery
Definition
senseless slaughter
War is simply a legalised form of butchery.
Synonyms
mass murder,
blood-letting,
blood bath

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