carnage

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noun car·nage \ˈkär-nij\

Definition of carnage

  1. 1 :  the flesh of slain animals or humans a multitude of dogs came to feast on the carnage — T. B. Macaulay

  2. 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

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

carnage

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noun car·nage \ˈkär-nij\

Definition of carnage for English Language Learners

  • : the killing of many people


CARNAGE Defined for Kids

carnage

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noun car·nage \ˈkär-nij\

Definition of carnage for Students

  1. :  1slaughter 3



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