carnage

noun
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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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 Some people certainly are experiencing PTSD, especially health-care workers who have dealt with the carnage firsthand. Eleanor Cummins, The Atlantic, 18 Oct. 2021 The fighting between Israel and Iran inside Syria effectively constitutes a shadow war, as regional powers test their opponents’ abilities amid the carnage of the Syrian civil war. Ronen Bergman, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the carnage at the Fatimiya mosque in Kandahar province. Samya Kullab And Tameem Akhgar, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the carnage at the Fatimiya mosque in Kandahar province. Samya Kullab And Tameem Akhgar, chicagotribune.com, 15 Oct. 2021 There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the carnage at the Fatimiya mosque in Kandahar province. Samya Kullab And Tameem Akhgar, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Oct. 2021 His attorney argued that a trial would be agonizing for South Florida, forcing people to relive the carnage of what happened, and then lead to years of appeals. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 The new fatality record underscores the carnage from a summer coronavirus surge fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021 It’s an act of violence, as brutal as the climactic duel that Scott choreographs for maximum human carnage. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2021

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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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23 Oct 2021

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“Carnage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carnage. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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carnage

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English Language Learners Definition of carnage

: the killing of many people

carnage

noun
car·​nage | \ ˈkär-nij How to pronounce carnage (audio) \

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