butchery

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbʊtʃəri/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbʊtʃəri/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bŏŏchə rē)

Inflections of 'butchery' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": butcheries

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
butch•er•y /ˈbʊtʃəri/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -er•ies. 
  1. brutal or excessive slaughter of animals or humans:[uncountable]His untamed soldiers were well trained in butchery.
  2. [uncountable] the trade or business of a butcher.
  3. [countable] Brit. a slaughterhouse.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
butch•er•y  (bŏŏchə rē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -er•ies. 
  1. a slaughterhouse.
  2. brutal or wanton slaughter of animals or humans;
    carnage.
  3. the trade or business of a butcher.
  4. the act of bungling or botching.
  • Anglo-French, Middle French boucherie. See butcher, -y3
  • Middle English bocherie 1300–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
butchery /ˈbʊtʃərɪ/ n ( pl -eries)
  1. the business or work of a butcher
  2. wanton and indiscriminate slaughter; carnage
  3. a less common word for slaughterhouse
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