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.
Donald Ortner and Bruno Frohlich provide a model and set a new standard for ancient Near Eastern bioarchaeological or osteoarchaeological research and publication with this volume on the shaft tombs and Charnel House burials excavated in 1977, 1979, and 1981 from EBA 1 Bab edh-Dhra', Jordan.
Here the historic trail in the hills above the town takes in the imposing Church of St Anthony, built on the Italian Charnel House, which contains the remains of 7,014 Italian soldiers who perished in the fighting in the Upper Soca Valley.
did I hear him call out to God or was it a curse to the fates that imprisoned him in a charnel house for the barely living?
Ortner and Frohlich (both anthropologists, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute) write about the history of the excavations, the ecological and social context of the EB I people, and the methods of recovery and research; a varied cast of contributors follow with chapters on the cultural artifacts of the EB I tombs, the funerary traditions, the shaft tombs and charnel house excavated in 1977, the tombs excavated in 1979 and 1981, the osteology and paleodemography of the EB IA people, the paleopathology of the EB IA and IB people, a dental analysis of the human remains, and a summary of findings and conclusions.
Angular displays thrust purposefully out of the charnel house gloom as if to emphasise the seriousness and muscularity of the creative enterprise.
At the ceremony attended by some 600 guests including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and families of the war dead, the remains of 973 unknowns including those recovered by government missions from Russia were newly put into the cemetery's charnel house.
The result of such thinking is writ large across the history of the 20th century, in particular the history of Europe--turned twice in one generation into a charnel house of human bone and ash by secular political ideologies.
We all know that the scourge of Aids is reducing great swathes of Africa to little more than a charnel house.