Simple Definition of carnage
: the killing of many people
Full Definition of carnage
1 : the flesh of slain animals or men
2 : great and usually bloody slaughter or injury (as in battle)
Examples of carnage in a sentence
Reporters described the highway accident as a scene of carnage.
<the appalling carnage in that war-torn country requires that the outside world intervene>
Did You Know?
This word was taken over straight from French (a Latin-based language), and has mostly referred to large-scale killing in wartime. But carnage needn't refer only to slaughter on the battlefield. With tens of thousands of people dying each year in automobile accidents, it's appropriate to speak of carnage on the nation's highways. And those concerned about the effects of the violence we see constantly on TV and movie screens may refer to that as carnage as well.
Origin and Etymology of carnage
French, from Medieval Latin carnaticum tribute consisting of animals or meat, from Latin carn-, caro
First Known Use: 1614
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