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[kahr-nij] /ˈkɑr nɪdʒ/
the slaughter of a great number of people, as in battle; butchery; massacre.
Archaic. dead bodies, as of those slain in battle.
Origin of carnage
1590-1600; < Middle French < Italian carnaggio < Medieval Latin carnāticum payment or offering in meat, equivalent to Latin carn- (stem of carō) flesh + -āticum -age Unabridged
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  • Forget flying cars and the carnage they would wreak.
  • Property may be destroyed, but human carnage is averted.
  • The corporate overlords would profit mightily off the carnage wreaked by faulty products flooding our villages and homes.
  • Only fifty yards away from the carnage the springbok graze unconcerned.
  • And it was a way of acknowledging that they were inescapably agents of war's carnage.
  • The carnage came about when a few of the animals decided to go their own way.
  • The park's tigers are fed chunks of meat dangled from a tour bus so sightseers can view the staged carnage up close.
  • Meanwhile proponents seek locations and designs that will reduce airborne carnage.
  • But one problem in gauging the full scope of the carnage is that researchers have almost no idea how many bats there are.
  • You'd want to immediately eject the crew capsule away from the carnage.
British Dictionary definitions for carnage


extensive slaughter, esp of human beings in battle
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Italian carnaggio, from Medieval Latin carnāticum, from Latin carō flesh
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Word Origin and History for carnage

c.1600, from Middle French carnage (16c.), from Old Italian carnaggio "slaughter, murder," from Medieval Latin carnaticum "flesh," from Latin carnaticum "slaughter of animals," from carnem (nominative caro) "flesh," originally "a piece of flesh," from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)). In English always used more of slaughters of men than beasts. Southey (1795) tried to make a verb of it.

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