carnage

noun
car·nage | \ˈkär-nij \

Definition of carnage 

1 : the flesh of slain animals or humans a multitude of dogs came to feast on the carnage— T. B. Macaulay

2 : great and usually bloody slaughter or injury (as in battle) the carnage of war

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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

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The mission: kidnap a drug lord’s 12-year-old daughter, Isabela,frame a rival gang for the kidnapping, and sit back and watch the ensuing carnage. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ enters the border debate, guns blazing," 28 June 2018 Maybe the president will quickly snap out of his torpor and either tell Jeff Sessions to fix his mess or jump onto the Senate GOP’s bid to stop the carnage. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Is Trump Actually Going to Do Anything About Family Separation?," 20 June 2018 While Burr survived the carnage while fighting alongside Roberts at Belleau Wood, he was killed in action in July 1918. Philippe Sotto, The Seattle Times, "U.S. Marines’ bravery celebrated 100 years after French battle," 28 May 2018 In what became an iconic image of the carnage, 17-year-old Ryan was shown walking out of the building, speckled in blood, escorted by a substitute teacher and a paramedic. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Thurston 20 years later: 'We know exactly how they feel'," 20 May 2018 Hamilton led from pole, with Vettel nipping ahead of Bottas to initially take second, but behind them there was carnage as Romain Grosjean span his Haas, with the luckless Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) ploughing into him. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two," 13 May 2018 In other, similar games, this is a gruesome progression, but Fortnite renders everything with cartoony bounce; when a shot lands, the result isn’t carnage, just holographic dematerialization. Robin Sloan, The Atlantic, "I Played Fortnite and Figured Out the Universe," 10 May 2018 How does a de facto diplomat recover from such rhetorical carnage? Robin Givhan, Houston Chronicle, "Nothing else Melania Trump wears will ever matter again," 13 July 2018 Despite Trump’s inaugural promise, the carnage has not stopped. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "In Annapolis, a perfect breeze to heal and unify," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of carnage

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carnage

French, from Medieval Latin carnaticum tribute consisting of animals or meat, from Latin carn-, caro — see carnal

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carnage

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English Language Learners Definition of carnage

: the killing of many people

carnage

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car·nage | \ˈkär-nij \

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