charnel house


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charnel house

n.
1. A building, room, or vault in which the bones or bodies of the dead are placed; a charnel.
2. A scene or place of great physical suffering and loss of life: The bombing turned the barracks into a charnel house.

charnel house

n
(esp formerly) a building or vault where corpses or bones are deposited

char′nel house`


n.
a house or place in which the bodies or bones of the dead are deposited.
[1550–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.charnel house - a vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited
burial vault, vault - a burial chamber (usually underground)
Translations

charnel house

n (old)Leichenhalle f; (for bones) → Beinhaus nt
References in classic literature ?
And yet, believing this with absolute conviction, they somehow lacked the nerve to rush the frail wraith of a man with the white skin and escape from the charnel house by the whale-boats.
For the odors of these ghastly charnel houses there may be words in Lithuanian, but there are none in English.
It sounds like Britain is one great, bloody charnel house for animals, soon to be legally confirmed by the Tories as "sentient beings" able to feel pain.
Steven Mullaney's The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare opens with a striking image: the charnel house of old St.
He begins with a shocking account of the raiding of a famous charnel house at St.
Of the event, Daniel wrote: "Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children, the angering of the orderlies in the front parlor of the charnel house.
The Rev Patrick Taylor explained how it was believed the writer had his grave inscribed with the curse because he was "petrified" his remains might be moved to a nearby charnel house, which lies behind a church door just a yard or two from the grave.
From the opening sequence, we find ourselves thrust into Saul's mad, murderous, mystifying, maze-like world, a 24-7 death factory, a charnel house built on a scale scarcely conceivable .
Theirs is a pantomime of confrontation: The jihadi slaughters with swords, Assad with barrel bombs from aircraft, but for the myriad civilians losing life and limb in the Syrian charnel house it makes no difference.
Blatter surely knows about the skeletons hidden at the back of FIFA's cupboards and if he steps down - or is thrown out - new brooms could make FIFA's Zurich HQ look like a charnel house.
Next comes "The Charnel House," dealing with the initial forays of the film's teenage protagonists into the house containing the cannibal family.
Military forensic officers placed the remains in dark brown coffins after a ceremony watched by Chinese officials and South Korean army Brigadier General Moon Sang-Gyu at a temporary charnel house in Paju just south of the border with North Korea.