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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slaughter, massacre, mass murder, carnage, butchery(noun)

    the savage and excessive killing of many people


  1. mass murder(Noun)

    The killing of a large number of people over a short period of time.


  1. Mass murder

    Mass murder is the act of murdering a large number of people, typically at the same time or over a relatively short period of time. According to the FBI, for individuals, mass murder is defined as the person murdering four or more persons during a particular event with no cooling-off period between the murders. A mass murder typically occurs in a single location in which a number of victims are killed by an individual or more. With exceptions, many acts of mass murder end with the death of the perpetrator, whether by direct suicide or being killed by law enforcement. A mass murder differs from a spree killing, in that it may be committed by individuals or organizations, whereas a spree killing is committed by one or two individuals. In terms of individuals, mass murderers are different from spree killers, who kill at two or more locations with almost no time break between murders and are not defined by the number of victims, and serial killers, who may kill numerous people over long periods of time. Mass murder is also not synonymous with genocide because genocide requires distinct elements. Mass murder may also be defined as the intentional and indiscriminate murder of a large number of people by government agents. Examples are the shooting of unarmed protestors, the carpet bombing of cities, the lobbing of grenades into prison cells, and the random execution of civilians. The largest mass killings in history have been governmental attempts to exterminate entire groups or communities of people, often on the basis of ethnicity or religion. Some of these mass murders have been found to be genocides and others to be crimes against humanity, but often such crimes have led to few or no convictions of any type.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mass murder in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mass murder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Josh Koskoff:

    It is the gold standard for killing the enemy in battle, just as it has become the gold standard for mass murder of innocent civilians.

  2. Jeremy Corbyn:

    I would not take a decision that kills millions of people, I do not believe the threat of mass murder is a legitimate way to go about dealing with international relations.

  3. Major General Adamu Baba Abubakar:

    The military has a constitutional and moral responsibility to protect Nigerian citizens and cannot suddenly engage in mass murder as portrayed by Amnesty International allegations.

  4. Scott Wilson:

    There's no way the state legislature is going to ever approve banning all guns with 10 or more rounds, anyone who wants to carry out a mass murder can easily get such a weapon illegally or by going to another state.

  5. Fred Hof:

    Stopping the mass murder is a good place to start, how the hell do you sit down for a peace process featuring compromise when one of the parties doesn't accept the rules of the game and the other party's constituency is being blown away on a daily basis?

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