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 of carnage from the Web
Mission offenders write lengthy manifestos explaining their views, visit websites steeped in hate speech and violent imagery, and travel to target symbolically significant sites while seeking to maximize carnage.
Muskets and cannons supplement swords and bows-and-arrows for maximum carnage.
In one, a little girl walks seemingly dazed through the carnage.
Hinchcliffe and Power were caught up in the carnage behind them.
The Egyptian Cabinet, meanwhile, said 13 victims of Friday's carnage remained hospitalized in Cairo and Minya province, where the attack took place.
IS was finally defeated in Sirte and the fighters who survived the carnage fled to the vast deserts to the south.
Junior Alex Destino started the carnage with a thundering solo home run to right during a two-run second inning and junior Jonah Bride added another solo blast in the fourth inning.
The precise timing of the attack was also sickening, both in terms of maximizing carnage and inflicting spiritual wounds.
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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
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Definition of carnage for English Language Learners
: the killing of many people
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