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 for butchery
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Butchery \Butch"er*y\, n. [OE. bocherie shambles, fr. F.
     boucherie. See Butcher, n.]
     1. The business of a butcher. [Obs.]
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     2. Murder or manslaughter, esp. when committed with unusual
        barbarity; great or cruel slaughter. --Shak.
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              The perpetration of human butchery.   --Prescott.
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     3. A slaughterhouse; the shambles; a place where blood is
        shed. [Obs.]
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              Like as an ox is hanged in the butchery. --Fabyan.
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     Syn: Murder; slaughter; carnage. See Massacre.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  butchery
      n 1: a building where animals are butchered [syn: abattoir,
           butchery, shambles, slaughterhouse]
      2: the business of a butcher [syn: butchery, butchering]
      3: the savage and excessive killing of many people [syn:
         slaughter, massacre, mass murder, carnage,
         butchery]

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