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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Reporters described the highway accident as a scene of carnage. the appalling carnage in that war-torn country requires that the outside world intervene
Recent Examples on the Web There was significant carnage among the women’s basketball top 10 during the holiday period. oregonlive, "Oregon State, not Oregon, currently the No. 1 overall women’s basketball seed, says ESPN bracketologist," 1 Dec. 2019 There will be carnage for certain, but hopefully, a lot more beyond that. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Andy Serkis Take 'Venom 2' in a Darker Direction?," 8 Aug. 2019 Buttigieg shot back at the time that U.S. withdrawal from the region is what actually led to more carnage. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Booker Goes on Offense in Tepid Atlanta Democratic Debate. Here’s What to Know," 21 Nov. 2019 Now political observers are trying to figure out whether the party’s transformation from the shining city on a hill to American carnage is a temporary phenomenon -- just some weird sh-t tied directly to Trump -- or its new normal for years to come. oregonlive, "Donald Trump’s ‘American carnage’ emphasis remade GOP, but most Republicans say the change is ‘temporary’," 8 Nov. 2019 Lefty Jake McGee relieved Davis and added to the carnage, giving up an RBI single to Andrew Knizner, hitting a batter and balking in a run. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Coors Field turns into launching pad in Rockies loss to Cardinals," 12 Sep. 2019 In recent days, many Democrats have said that divisive rhetoric from Trump on immigration have contributed to the carnage. Author: John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump calls for ‘strong background checks’ after massacres, suggests pairing gun legislation with immigration reform," 5 Aug. 2019 The retailer’s shutdown adds to the carnage in the retail sector that claimed more than 5,800 outlets last year, according to Coresight Research. Jeremy Hill,, "Fashion accessory retailer Charming Charlie to close all stores, including 14 in Illinois," 11 July 2019 Local journalists cover tragedies like the death of Hataipat Tantasirin and diligently report the carnage that occurs around New Year’s Eve and Songkran, the Thai new year. The Economist, "Crunch time Globally, roads are deadlier than HIV or murder," 13 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of carnage was in 1614

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17 Feb 2020

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“Carnage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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: the killing of many people


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