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charnel house

a house or place in which the bodies or bones of the dead are deposited.
Origin of charnel house
First recorded in 1550-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for charnel house
Historical Examples
  • The city will be a charnel house when these bodies start to decompose.

    The End of Time Wallace West
  • The atmosphere of the place was cold and musty and suggestive of a charnel house.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • Yet that fragrant balm cannot stifle the smell of the charnel house.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • It is like a blast from a charnel house; but then, what power, what lucidity!


    James Huneker
  • It was a charnel house, half filled with dry skulls and bones.

    The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott
  • A curious early fifteenth-century story is associated with this charnel house.

    Paris and its Story Thomas Okey
  • From this charnel house let me to-night draw forth one of these.

  • It thrusts the girls into a charnel house of sin, sickness, and death.

    The Making of Mary Jean Forsyth
  • The bright world had become a place of skulls, a charnel house, a prison whose iron walls were closing in on him eternally.

  • The smell of the charnel house was driven away and the whole city was filled with the fumes of carbolic acid and lime in solution.

British Dictionary definitions for charnel house

charnel house

(esp formerly) a building or vault where corpses or bones are deposited
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