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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): ( n.) The killing of a considerable number of human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty, or contrary to the usages of civilized people; as, the massacre on St. Bartholomew's Day.

(2): ( n.) Murder.

(3): ( n.) To kill in considerable numbers where much resistance can not be made; to kill with indiscriminate violence, without necessity, and contrary to the usages of nations; to butcher; to slaughter; - limited to the killing of human beings.

Charles Buck Theological Dictionary [2]

A term used to signify the sudden and promiscuous butchery of a multitude.