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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The carnage quickly became a talking point in California’s battle over criminal justice reform. Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 This not the first time regulators and rail operators have sought to curb the carnage along rail lines. David Lyons, Sun Sentinel, 2 May 2022 Even Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, which had been outperforming most blue-chips this year, couldn't escape the carnage. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 2 May 2022 The impact caused significant damage to his car and after climbing out, Rossi surveyed the carnage with his arms folded across his test. al, 30 Apr. 2022 In eastern Afghanistan, many feared that the carnage of the recent airstrikes was the beginning of a violent new chapter of the long-running conflict in the tribal lands that spill across the porous border. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, President Biden has already taken advantage of the tragedy, calling on Congress to pass the same laws that didn’t stop the carnage in California. Cody J. Wisniewski, National Review, 27 Apr. 2022 It was achieved without industrial relations carnage and Iberia has been transformed, delivering both profitability and sustainably improved customer service, a testament to Gallego’s acumen. John Strickland, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 The risk of policy carnage is high, and the fallout of this could well be severe. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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