What does the word hecatomb mean?

Usage examples for hecatomb

  1. But the sense of the futility of the whole heathen plan, of the vanity of the revenge to which the Christian ghost hounds his son, of the moral void left by the initial crime and its concomitants, not to be filled by any hecatomb of slain wrongdoers- the sense of all this, which is the essence of the tragedy, though so few critics seem to see it, clearly emerges only in the finished play. – Montaigne and Shakspere by John M. Robertson
  2. Hence springs their confidence, and from our sighs Their rapine strengthens, and their riots rise: Constant as Jove the night and day bestows, Bleeds a whole hecatomb, a vintage flows. – The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, translated by Alexander Pope