carnage

noun
car·​nage | \ ˈkär-nij How to pronounce carnage (audio) \

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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In large part, the carnage was the diabolical work of the book’s villain: Rear Adm. Sanji Iwabuchi, who commanded 17,000 marines and soldiers in charge of destroying Manila’s harbor and bridges before evacuating. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, "‘Rampage’ Review: MacArthur’s Bloody Promise," 25 Oct. 2018 Amid the carnage of Tuesday's defensive melee between UC and UCF, Clark played with fiery eyes and flared nostrils. Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bearcats: Gary Clark Night spoils party for Central Florida Knights," 17 Jan. 2018 And yet amid the carnage, the earnest, doughty station wagon has emerged unscathed. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019 Note: Source: Violations Documentation Center in SyriaSource: During the first few days of the Islamic State attack, Mr. Sawadi and others sneaked out at night to document the carnage, taking photos and videos. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "‘If He’s Hiding, I Will Find Him.’ One Man’s Hunt for the Militants Who Killed His Father," 15 Dec. 2018 Some embraced the idea of arming teachers, a strategy advocated by the National Rifle Association and US President Trump but largely rejected by survivors and parents in Parkland, Fla., after the carnage there. Erwin Seba, The Christian Science Monitor, "Texas mulls school safety in wake of mass shooting," 24 May 2018 Amphibian carnage on humid evenings is horrific on roads, where toads and frogs gather to soak in warmth and wetness out in the open. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Toads To Your Garden (And Why You’d Totally Want To)," 16 May 2017 Seema, pregnant with Shiva, was not amused, and at one point demanded that a helicopter evacuate her from the carnage. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 Locals come out to see the carnage the flooding left behind. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Only one of Louisville's 16 Ohio River flood pump stations will work if the power goes out," 6 Apr. 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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