carnage

noun car·nage \ ˈkär-nij \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

Examples of carnage in a Sentence

  1. Reporters described the highway accident as a scene of carnage.

  2. the appalling carnage in that war-torn country requires that the outside world intervene

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Origin and Etymology of carnage

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


CARNAGE Defined for English Language Learners

carnage

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Definition of carnage for English Language Learners

  • : the killing of many people


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noun car·nage \ ˈkär-nij \

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