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carnage

[kahr-nij] /ˈkɑr nɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the slaughter of a great number of people, as in battle; butchery; massacre.
2.
Archaic. dead bodies, as of those slain in battle.
Origin of carnage
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French < Italian carnaggio < Medieval Latin carnāticum payment or offering in meat, equivalent to Latin carn- (stem of carō) flesh + -āticum -age
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carnage

/ˈkɑːnɪdʒ/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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