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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

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361. [Destruction of Life; Violent Death.] Killing.

   NOUN:KILLING &c. v.; homicide, manslaughter, murder, assassination, trucidation [obs.], occision [obs.]; effusion of blood; blood, bloodshed; gore, slaughter, carnage, butchery; battue [F.]; bomb explosion, electrocution, shipwreck; gladiatorial combat; lapidation.
  MASSACRE; fusillade, noyade [F.]; thuggism, thuggee, thuggery; saturnalia of blood, sacrifice to Moloch; organized massacre, pogrom [Russia].
  WAR, warfare, “organized murder,” horrida bella [L.], crusade, jihad or jehad [Moham.]; battle; war to the death (warfare) [See Warfare]; Armageddon; gigantomachy; deadly weapon (arms) [See Arms].
  DEATHBLOW, finishing stroke, coup de grâce [F.], quietus; execution &c. (capital punishment) [See Punishment]; judicial murder; martyrdom.
  SUFFOCATION, strangulation, garrote or garrotte; hanging &c. v.
  SLAYER, butcher, murderer, Cain, assassin, cutthroat, garroter or garrotter, bravo, Thug or thug, Moloch, matador, sabreur [F.]; guet-à-pens [F.]; gallows, executioner (punishment) [See Scourge]; man-eater, Apache, hatchet man [U. S.], highbinder [U. S.], gunman [colloq., U. S.], bandit, lapidator [rare].
  regicide, parricide, fratricide, infanticide; feticide or fœticide, aborticide; uxoricide, vaticide [these words ending in -cide refer to both doer and deed].
  SUICIDE, self-murder, self-destruction, felo-de-se (pl. felos-de-se), seppuku [Jap.], hara-kiri [Jap.], suttee, sutteeism, car of Jagannath or Juggernaut [an erroneous assumption]; immolation, holocaust.
  FATAL ACCIDENT, violent death, casualty, disaster, calamity.
  ACELDAMA (often l.c.), potter’s field, field of blood.
  [DESTRUCTION OF ANIMALS] slaughtering; phthiozoics; 1 sport, sporting; the chase, venery; hunting, coursing, shooting, fishing; pig-sticking.
  sportsman, huntsman, fisherman; hunter, Nimrod.
  shambles, slaughterhouse, abattoir [F.].
   VERB:KILL, put to death, slay, shed blood; murder, assassinate, butcher, slaughter, victimize, immolate; massacre; take away -, deprive of-life; make away with, put an end to; dispatch or despatch; burke, settle [colloq.], do to death, do for [colloq.]; hunt.
  shoot, – dead; blow one’s brains out; brain, knock on the head, blackjack; drop in one’s tracks; stone, lapidate; give -, deal- a deathblow; give the -quietus, – coup de grâce [F.].
  STRANGLE, garrote or garrotte, hang, throttle, choke, stifle, suffocate, stop the breath, smother, asphyxiate, drown.
  SABER or sabre; cut -down, – to pieces, – the throat; jugulate; stab, run through the body, bayonet; put to the -sword, – edge of the sword.
  EXECUTE, behead, guillotine, hang, electrocute; bowstring (execute) [See Punishment].
  CUT OFF, nip in the bud, launch into eternity, send to one’s last account, sign one’s death warrant, strike the death knell of.
  GIVE NO QUARTER, pour out blood like water; decimate; run amuck; wade kneedeep in blood; dye -, imbrue- one’s hands in blood.
  DIE A VIOLENT DEATH, welter in one’s blood; dash -, blow- out one’s brains; commit suicide; kill -, make away with -, put an end to- oneself; suicide [colloq.]; disembowel, commit hara-kiri.
   ADJECTIVE:MURDEROUS, slaughterous, sanguinary, sanguinolent, blood-stained, blood-thirsty; killing &c. v.; homicidal, red-handed; bloody, bloody-minded; ensanguined, gory, sanguineous.
  MORTAL, fatal, lethal; deadly, deathly; mortiferous [obs.], lethiferous; unhealthy [See Insalubrity]; mutually destructive, internecine; suicidal.
  SPORTING; piscatorial, piscatory.
   INTERJECTION: thumbs down! habet! hoc habet! [L.], let him have it!    QUOTATIONS:
  1. Dead men tell no tales.
  2. Assassination has never changed the history of the world.—Disraeli