Definition of carnage in English:

carnage

noun

mass noun
  • The killing of a large number of people.

    ‘the bombing was timed to cause as much carnage as possible’
    • ‘He was one of the few journalists who described the human carnage at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.’
    • ‘In the Philippines campaign, the fight to liberate Manila ended in carnage.’
    • ‘The doors were blown off the stables and inside was a scene of carnage.’
    • ‘The United Nations was set up after two wars involving the worst carnage imaginable to try and prevent a repeat.’
    • ‘They were doing their jobs, not taking pleasure in creating random carnage.’
    • ‘There was horror everywhere, but even amid such carnage, some sights were almost too much to bear.’
    • ‘It is simply a desire for a better kind of future out of carnage and loss.’
    • ‘Hundreds of thousands of British servicemen died in the terrible carnage of the Second World War.’
    • ‘Drink driving used to be socially acceptable, and the result was carnage on our roads.’
    • ‘The Christmas carnage on the roads is a phenomenon of which the police are also aware.’
    • ‘For this day of carnage and tears there can be no justification or excuse.’
    • ‘He said drinking and speeding were the two biggest causes of carnage on the roads.’
    • ‘The unimaginable carnage he witnessed at the front is captured in the moving words of a poem he wrote that day.’
    • ‘Extend this thinking to our roads and there would be even more carnage.’
    • ‘It is time we became more shocked by the terrible carnage on our roads.’
    • ‘Trenches became mass graves in scenes of terrible carnage as 1,000 men fell dead or wounded.’
    • ‘The only problems I can see with the film are it's length and the will to show scenes of carnage on the streets of New York.’
    • ‘The next morning, they wake to a scene of carnage, with no recollection of having fallen asleep.’
    • ‘The family were confronted by scenes of carnage when they returned later in the day.’
    • ‘These promised signs should be put in place before there is more carnage on that stretch of road.’
    slaughter, massacre, mass murder, mass destruction, butchery, bloodbath, indiscriminate bloodshed, bloodletting, annihilation, destruction, decimation, havoc
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Origin

Early 17th century: from French, from Italian carnaggio, from medieval Latin carnaticum, from Latin caro, carn- ‘flesh’.

Pronunciation

carnage

/ˈkɑːnɪdʒ/