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1Done at random or without careful judgment.‘the indiscriminate killing of civilians’
non-selective, unselective, undiscriminating, uncritical, aimless, hit-or-miss, haphazard, random, unsystematic, unmethodicalwholesale, general, sweeping, blanketbroad-based, wide, catholic, eclectic, varied, miscellaneous, heterogeneous, motley, confused, chaoticthoughtless, unthinking, unconsidered, casual, carelesspromiscuousView synonyms
- ‘Such a process would avoid prejudice and indiscriminate killing.’
- ‘Both areas were crowded and the results were indiscriminate casualties.’
- ‘The ensuing shootout resulted in the indiscriminate killing of women and children.’
- ‘They were devastatingly effective because they can cover wide areas with intense and indiscriminate firepower.’
- ‘In fact, the current indiscriminate killing was a strategic mistake.’
- ‘Mortars in particular seemed indiscriminate in inflicting casualties.’
- ‘Now the attacks are becoming more random, brutal and indiscriminate.’
- ‘We do not believe that it should be used randomly on an indiscriminate basis.’
- ‘His country and his people have been attacked in a savage and indiscriminate way.’
- ‘It was random, it was indiscriminate, it was murderous, and it was close to home.’
- ‘This contrasting case helps us to see in what sense indiscriminate terrorist killing is the killing of the innocent.’
- ‘The new wave has ratcheted savagery and indiscriminate killing to unthinkable levels.’
- ‘Algeria became caught in a cycle of violence, which became increasingly random and indiscriminate.’
- ‘Charities have condemned the weapons for the indiscriminate killing and maiming of civilians both during and long after wars have ended.’
- ‘This is the absolute opposite of terrorism which allows for the indiscriminate killing of all peoples.’
- ‘The bands' original political motives faded, and they turned to banditry and indiscriminate killing.’
- ‘Loyalists assassinations seemed indiscriminate, unconscionable and wild but they were never mindless.’
- ‘By the end of 1941, more than half a million Jews had been slaughtered and the killing had grown indiscriminate.’
- ‘Modern war is merciless, it does not spare pregnant women or infants; it is indiscriminate killing and destroying.’
- ‘The destruction seems indiscriminate, the victims random, the consequences immense.’
- 1.1 (of a person) not using or exercising discrimination.‘she was indiscriminate with her affections’
Late 16th century (in the sense haphazard, not selective): from in- not + Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare (see discriminate).
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