carnage

[ kahr-nij ]SEE DEFINITION OF carnage

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CARNAGE

The raven, wolf, and eagle are the regular epic accompaniments of battle and carnage.

There was a tribute of carnage, nor were they long engaged in the tumult of battle.

There was battle there, and death and carnage and utter destruction.

The carnage had been terrible, and the fields were strewn with the dead and dying.

There is in man a similar temper, which is roused and stimulated by carnage.

At the Amarante gate, where the French defiled, the carnage was also great.

There is cruelty in his fun and he can invent puns in the midst of carnage.

He rather fancied battle-fields and carnage, but there were no wars.

At last we left this place of carnage to the cursed god of war.

Lem finally got to believin' that he was a survivor of that carnage.

WORD ORIGIN

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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