Definition of carnage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkɑːnɪdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrnɪdʒ//
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the violent killing of a large number of people synonym slaughter a scene of carnage the carnage of the First World War How can we reduce the carnage on our roads? Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French, from Italian carnaggio, from medieval Latin carnaticum, from Latin caro, carn- ‘flesh’.Extra examples One supply officer, watching from the rear, described the carnage which followed… The scene of carnage was indescribable. They hoped never to repeat the carnage of the First World War.
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