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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Prosecutors noted in court papers that Peterson was trained to confront an armed assailant and, as the school's resource officer, was the only armed person on campus who could have limited or stopped the carnage in a timely way. Curt Anderson, Anchorage Daily News, "Legal experts question arrest of Florida deputy over lack of action during school massacre," 5 June 2019 Yet Drogon could be seen cozying up to Daenerys in the immediate aftermath of Jorah's death, while another screenshot from the Episode 4 teaser proved Rhaegal also survived the carnage. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Don't Panic: Ghost Is Still Alive on Game of Thrones," 29 Apr. 2019 Most of them play characters who become trapped in a house together while trying to outrun the carnage taking place outside. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Sandra Bullock is the best part of Bird Box, Netflix’s new post-apocalyptic thriller," 20 Dec. 2018 Researchers from the University of Dayton loaded a standard recreational drone into a cannon, fired it at a plane wing and observed the carnage that resulted. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What a Drone Collision Would Do to an Airplane Wing," 16 Oct. 2018 As the stakes increased — Civil War, Reconstruction — so did the carnage. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "Angry mobs, deadly duels, presses set on fire: A history of attacks on the press," 29 June 2018 Also in February, U.S. Soccer elected a new president after Sunil Gulati (reluctantly) stepped down amid the Couva carnage. Mark Zeigler,, "What's changed since U.S. failed to qualify for 2018 World Cup? Sadly, nothing," 11 June 2018 Pollack, who lost a daughter in the attack, has condemned the school district repeatedly for multiple failures to prevent the carnage. Megan O'matz,, "Angry dad demands firing of Stoneman Douglas security watchman, coach," 6 June 2018 Farrow walks us through the premeditated carnage on the institution of the Department of State, on the profession, the call to service, of diplomacy, and the disdain and dismissal of most of its senior ranks. Barbara K. Bodine, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘War on Peace,’ by Ronan Farrow," 17 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of carnage

: the killing of many people


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