Definition of carnage in English:

carnage

noun

  • The killing of a large number of people.

    • ‘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 unimaginable carnage he witnessed at the front is captured in the moving words of a poem he wrote that day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The next morning, they wake to a scene of carnage, with no recollection of having fallen asleep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These promised signs should be put in place before there is more carnage on that stretch of road.’
    • ‘The family were confronted by scenes of carnage when they returned later in the day.’
    • ‘He was one of the few journalists who described the human carnage at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.’
    • ‘There was horror everywhere, but even amid such carnage, some sights were almost too much to bear.’
    • ‘Extend this thinking to our roads and there would be even more carnage.’
    • ‘It is simply a desire for a better kind of future out of carnage and loss.’
    • ‘The doors were blown off the stables and inside was a scene of carnage.’
    • ‘They were doing their jobs, not taking pleasure in creating random carnage.’
    • ‘The United Nations was set up after two wars involving the worst carnage imaginable to try and prevent a repeat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said drinking and speeding were the two biggest causes of carnage on the roads.’
    • ‘In the Philippines campaign, the fight to liberate Manila ended in carnage.’
    slaughter, massacre, mass murder, mass destruction, butchery, bloodbath, indiscriminate bloodshed, bloodletting, annihilation, destruction, decimation, havoc
    holocaust, pogrom, ethnic cleansing
    shambles
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

carnage

/ˈkärnij/