Definition of butchery in English:

butchery

noun

  • 1The work of slaughtering animals and preparing them for sale as meat.

    • ‘Evidence has emerged, however, for a range of service activities, including metalworking, cooking and animal butchery.’
    • ‘I'm looking for a class for my son who works in a restaurant kitchen on charcuterie or meat butchery in New York City.’
    • ‘I went into the local butchery near work this afternoon, and stood there actually enjoying the smell of raw meat.’
    • ‘First off, I don't really know all that much about animal breeding, husbandry, land use or butchery, and am bound to make a lot of mistakes.’
    • ‘The centre has already begun to offer practical courses for the agricultural industry across a range of subjects, from butchery to dairy production, from food hygiene to food labelling and microbiology.’
    • ‘The dominance of head and foot bones from at least six cattle suggests on-site butchery, with the possibility that the meat was distributed for consumption elsewhere.’
    • ‘The revamp focused on areas of excellence such as the butchery department, fresh meat and fish department, the fruit and vegetable area as well as the deli food counter.’
    • ‘The meat was supplied by her husband's Haverfordwest butchery business, while the fruit and vegetables came from Redbridge at Fishguard.’
    • ‘He learned butchery, hygiene, slaughtering, cutting and boning - in fact everything related to butchering - to become a Master Butcher.’
    • ‘There were also butchery and sausage-making demonstrations and a chance for the students to make their own Cumberland sausage.’
    • ‘The slaughter and butchery of 200 cattle and the consumption of 40,000 kilos of beef, even if spread over a year or two, suggest the participation of many communities, perhaps from a whole clan or tribe.’
    • ‘This is where French butchery comes into its own, as their preparation of only the best parts of the rump will produce a good thick steak.’
    • ‘At Gough's Cave, the human bones interpreted as cannibalised appear among an assemblage of hunted wild fauna, and display a pattern consistent with butchery for meat, including the removal of tongues.’
    • ‘Unlike the larger supermarket chains, the discounters would be unlikely to have any testing procedures for the meat sold by their butchery department, decreasing the likelihood of detection.’
    • ‘They also found plenty of animal bones, some of which showed signs of butchery.’
    • ‘The complement consists of the usual non-meat additives as used in meat butchery (for example breadcrumbs and trimmings) and pork butchery (more particularly the authorised food additives and seasonings).’
    • ‘If women were in the encampment they would be segregated and would prepare the meal, although slaughter and butchery were men's work.’
    meat selling, meat retailing
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  • 2The savage killing of large numbers of people.

    • ‘There is a graphic description, for instance, of the killings in Rwanda and of the butchery of 3,000 Tutsis seeking sanctuary in a church.’
    • ‘‘It was butchery on a brutal scale,’ said Juan Redondo, an inspector for Madrid Fire Department.’
    • ‘What is much more frightening is that there are people in Australia and America who, after seeing the blatant deceit and butchery of these men, are still prepared to support them.’
    • ‘Meantime, the true extreme social conservatives get on with their business of murder and butchery on video.’
    • ‘The world has got to stop this craven, cloying, tacit support for a religious group, based on the obscenities of the past, regularly regurgitated as justification for 21st century human butchery.’
    • ‘The Germans dug a defensive line, and trench warfare with all its bloody, pointless butchery ensued for the next four years.’
    • ‘I just hope this weekend's display of savage butchery and inter-communal violence wasn't staged for their benefit.’
    • ‘Killings were sometimes grotesquely accomplished, with excessive butchery.’
    • ‘There is no escaping the fact of the Crusader's savage butchery - of Jews at home and of Muslims abroad.’
    • ‘They treat us with barbarism and butchery, and they get blessed.’
    • ‘And still all of you stick to your misconceptions of savage butchery.’
    • ‘Disembowellments, lower jaws hewn off, spears piercing thighs, bladders, lungs, eye sockets - each and every one of the harsh clinical, medical details of Homeric butchery.’
    • ‘Her medical background is evident in the precise descriptions of butchery and mutilation.’
    • ‘Murder and mayhem isn't just limited to bare-handed butchery, oh no.’
    • ‘Across the world, women are persecuted in many, many ways - mutilation, stoning, rape, butchery, denial of basic human rights and too many other atrocities to name here.’
    • ‘By rewriting internecine butchery as ‘reassuring fratricide,’ Shakespeare engages in a politics of collective forgetting that complicates official memory.’
    • ‘There is no heroism in butchery, no heroism in suicide, no heroism in writing that invokes, and profits from, the war you have left behind.’
    • ‘As we do our grisly march through slavery, genocide, and butchery for profit my students often ask, does anyone learn from history?’
    • ‘Huerta was generally represented as a savage in the U.S. media for his supposed love of butchery, violence, and alcohol.’
    • ‘He wants the government to round up all the gunmen and their allies, be their military allies or politicians, and force them to pay for their butchery.’
    slaughter, massacre, slaying, murdering, murder, mass murdering, homicide, blood shedding
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Origin

Middle English (denoting a slaughterhouse or meat market): from Old French boucherie, from bouchier butcher.

Pronunciation:

butchery

/ˈbo͝oCHərē/