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 ?
For the odors of these ghastly charnel houses there may be words in Lithuanian, but there are none in English.
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.
In 1945, the dazed remnants of European Jewry crawled out of charnel houses, basements and forests.
Indeed, on page 10 Mullaney admits that "the campaign against charnel houses was limited in scope," though on the facing page he reverts to describing a "rage against the dead," which we are assured "was pervasive in unofficial as well as official forms.
But as you progress on through this extraordinary book, you are confronted with thousands of skeletal remains photographed in remote monasteries and less remote charnel houses where in crowded grave yards the bones of the long dead were carefully exhumed and stored in ossuaries to make way for the latest corpse.
What civilisation might have achieved if it had not sent an entire generation into the charnel houses of the Western Front is impossible to estimate.
The service is extended to all private or common ground tombs, columbaria, charnel houses, family chapels, all included in later in the term utilities.
Who knows what terrifying charnel houses exist on the fringes of Europe, and the quality of the meat therein.