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BUTCH'ER, n.

1. One who slaughters animals for market; or one whose occupation is to kill animals for the table. The word may and often does include the person who cuts up and sells meat.

2. One who kills men, or commands troops to kill them; one who sheds, or causes to be shed human blood in abundance; applied to princes and conquerors who delight in war, or are remarkable for destroying human life.

BUTCH'ER, v.t. To kill or slaughter animals for food, or for market.

1. To murder; but emphatically applied to murder committed with unusual cruelty, or circumstances of uncommon barbarity.



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BUTCH'ER, n.

1. One who slaughters animals for market; or one whose occupation is to kill animals for the table. The word may and often does include the person who cuts up and sells meat.

2. One who kills men, or commands troops to kill them; one who sheds, or causes to be shed human blood in abundance; applied to princes and conquerors who delight in war, or are remarkable for destroying human life.

BUTCH'ER, v.t. To kill or slaughter animals for food, or for market.

1. To murder; but emphatically applied to murder committed with unusual cruelty, or circumstances of uncommon barbarity.

BUTCH'ER, n. [Fr. boucher; Arm. boçzer, a butcher; Fr. boucherie; It. beccheria, butchery, shambles. The primary sense probably is to stick or stab, as the Fr. boucher signifies to stop, that is, to set, to thrust.]

  1. One who slaughters animals for market; or one whose occupation is to kill animals for the table. The word may and often does include the person who cuts up and sells meat.
  2. One who kills men, or commands troops to kill them; one who sheds, or causes to be shed human blood in abundance; applied to princes and conquerors who delight in war, or are remarkable for destroying human life. – Locke.

BUTCH'ER, v.t.

  1. To kill or slaughter animals for food, or for market.
  2. To murder; but emphatically applied to murder committed with unusual cruelty, or circumstances of uncommon barbarity.

Butch"er
  1. One who slaughters animals, or dresses their flesh for market; one whose occupation it is to kill animals for food.
  2. To kill or slaughter (animals) for food, or for market] as, to butcher hogs.
  3. A slaughterer; one who kills in large numbers, or with unusual cruelty; one who causes needless loss of life, as in battle.

    "Butcher of an innocent child." Shak.

    Butcher bird (Zoöl.), a species of shrike of the genus Lanius.

    * The Lanius excubitor is the common butcher bird of Europe. In England, the bearded tit is sometimes called the lesser butcher bird. The American species are L.borealis, or northern butcher bird, and L. Ludovicianus or loggerhead shrike. The name butcher bird is derived from its habit of suspending its prey impaled upon thorns, after killing it.

    Butcher's meat, such flesh of animals slaughtered for food as is sold for that purpose by butchers, as beef, mutton, lamb, and pork.

  4. To murder, or kill, especially in an unusually bloody or barbarous manner.

    Macaulay.

    [Ithocles] was murdered, rather butchered.
    Ford.

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Butcher

BUTCH'ER, noun

1. One who slaughters animals for market; or one whose occupation is to kill animals for the table. The word may and often does include the person who cuts up and sells meat.

2. One who kills men, or commands troops to kill them; one who sheds, or causes to be shed human blood in abundance; applied to princes and conquerors who delight in war, or are remarkable for destroying human life.

BUTCH'ER, verb transitive To kill or slaughter animals for food, or for market.

1. To murder; but emphatically applied to murder committed with unusual cruelty, or circumstances of uncommon barbarity.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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