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
Origin and Etymology of carnage
French, from Medieval Latin carnaticum tribute consisting of animals or meat, from Latin carn-, caro —see carnal
First Known Use: 1614
CARNAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of carnage for English Language Learners
: the killing of many people
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