carnage


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car·nage

(kär′nĭj)
n.
1.
a. Large-scale killing or maiming, as in war or an accident.
b. A number of violently killed or maimed bodies.
2. Informal Overwhelming defeat, loss, or destruction.

[French, ultimately variant (possibly of Norman dialectal French or Picard origin or influenced by Old Provençal carnatge, carnage) of Old French charnage : charn, variant of char, flesh, meat (from Latin carō, carn-; see sker-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + -age, -age.]

carnage

(ˈkɑːnɪdʒ)
n
extensive slaughter, esp of human beings in battle
[C16: from French, from Italian carnaggio, from Medieval Latin carnāticum, from Latin carō flesh]

car•nage

(ˈkɑr nɪdʒ)

n.
1. the slaughter of a great number of people.
2. Archaic. dead bodies, as of those slain in battle.
[1590–1600; < Middle French < Italian carnaggio < Medieval Latin carnāticum payment or offering in meat]

Carnage

 a heap of dead bodies; men slain in a battle, 1667; carcasses collectively.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carnage - the savage and excessive killing of many peoplecarnage - the savage and excessive killing of many people
murder, slaying, execution - unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
bloodbath, bloodletting, bloodshed, battue - indiscriminate slaughter; "a bloodbath took place when the leaders of the plot surrendered"; "ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name"; "the valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder"; "a huge prison battue was ordered"

carnage

noun slaughter, murder, massacre, holocaust, havoc, bloodshed, shambles, mass murder, butchery, blood bath Their peaceful protest ended in carnage.

carnage

noun
The savage killing of many victims:
Translations
مَذْبَحَه، مَجْزَرَه
krveprolitímasakr
blodbadmyrderi
verilöyly
fjöldamorî, blóîbaî
žudynės
masu slepkavība

carnage

[ˈkɑːnɪdʒ] Nmatanza f, carnicería f

carnage

[ˈkɑːrnɪdʒ] n (= slaughter) → carnage m

carnage

nBlutbad nt, → Gemetzel nt; a scene of carnageein blutiges Schauspiel; fields covered with the carnage of warmit Toten or Leichen übersäte Schlachtfelder pl

carnage

[ˈkɑːnɪdʒ] ncarneficina

carnage

(ˈkaːnidʒ) noun
the slaughter of great numbers of people. the carnage of war.
References in classic literature ?
Infuriated by political animosity, the wives in many a noble household wearied their lords with prayers to give up their opposition to the Colour Bill; and some, finding their entreaties fruitless, fell on and slaughtered their innocent children and husband, perishing themselves in the act of carnage.
The plain before the city became a veritable shambles ere the last Zodangan surrendered, but finally the carnage ceased, the prisoners were marched back to Helium, and we entered the greater city's gates, a huge triumphal procession of conquering heroes.
In every gallery in Europe there are hideous pictures of blood, carnage, oozing brains, putrefaction--pictures portraying intolerable suffering--pictures alive with every conceivable horror, wrought out in dreadful detail--and similar pictures are being put on the canvas every day and publicly exhibited--without a growl from anybody--for they are innocent, they are inoffensive, being works of art.
Lorry, the Doctor communicated under an injunction of secrecy on which he had no need to dwell, that the crowd had taken him through a scene of carnage to the prison of La Force.
From the accounts afterwards supplied by such of the scouts as escaped the carnage, he does not seem even to have paused at the rising ground, though it is certain that in that grey light he must have seen it: no thought of waiting to be attacked appears from first to last to have visited his subtle mind; he would not even hold off till the night was nearly spent; on he pounded with no policy but to fall to [get into combat].
At last the glare of the camp fire shone plainly through the intervening trees, and a moment later the giant figure of the ape-man paused upon an overhanging bough to look down upon the bloody scene of carnage below.
For numbers and for carnage it was an Austerlitz or Dresden.
Sparta was little better than a wellregulated camp; and Rome was never sated of carnage and conquest.
let us put our swords into our left hands and shake hands with the right, even in the very lust and music of the hottest carnage.
A frightful carnage, rather than a regular battle, succeeded.
Bartholomew's Massacre, and they saw the slaughter that followed; later they saw the Reign of Terror, the carnage of the Revolution, the overthrow of a king, the coronation of two Napoleons, the christening of the young prince that lords it over a regiment of servants in the Tuileries to-day--and they may possibly continue to stand there until they see the Napoleon dynasty swept away and the banners of a great republic floating above its ruins.
They were then crossing a region that was the scene of massacres and burnings, and where warlike conflicts between the barbarian sultans, contending for their power amid the most atrocious carnage, never cease.