An example of a massacre was the Holocaust.
Massacred the French language trying to order dinner.
Origin of massacre
- French from Old French macecle, macecre butchery, shambles
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 1580, from Middle French massacre, from Old French macacre, macecle (“slaughterhouse, butchery"), from Medieval Latin mazacrium (“massacre, slaughter, killing", also “the head of a newly killed stag"), from Middle Low German *matskelen (“to massacre") (compare German metzeln (“massacre")), frequentive of matsken, matzgen (“to cut, hew"), from Proto-Germanic *maitanÄ… (“to cut"), from Proto-Indo-European *mei- (“small"). Akin to Old High German meizan (“to cut"), Dutch matsen (“to maul, kill"), dialectal German metzgern "to butcher, kill", German metzgen (“to cull, kill, slaughter cattle"), Metzger (“a butcher"), Metzelei (“massacre"), Gothic ðŒ¼ðŒ°ðŒ¹ð„ðŒ°ðŒ½ (maitan, “to cut"). See also the French term massacrer.