MASSACRE , a wholesale indiscriminate killing of persons, and also, in a transferred sense, of animals . The word is adopted from theFrench; but its origin is obscure . The meaning and the old
See also:form macecle seem to point to it being a corruption of the
See also:Lat. macellum,
See also:shop or
See also:shambles, hence
See also:meat market; this is probably from the
See also:root mac-, seen in µhxeoOat, to fight, µaXalpa, sword, and Lat. mactare, to sacrifice . Another derivation connects with the Old Low Ger. matsken, to cut in pieces; cf. mod . Ger. metzeln, to massacre .
MASSACHUSETTS (an Indian name, originally applied t...
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