[ kahr-nij ]
/ ˈkɑr nɪdʒ /


the slaughter of a great number of people, as in battle; butchery; massacre.
Archaic. dead bodies, as of those slain in battle.

Origin of carnage

1590–1600; < Middle French < Italian carnaggio < Medieval Latin carnāticum payment or offering in meat, equivalent to Latin carn- (stem of carō) flesh + -āticum -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for carnage

/ (ˈkɑːnɪdʒ) /


extensive slaughter, esp of human beings in battle

Word Origin for carnage

C16: from French, from Italian carnaggio, from Medieval Latin carnāticum, from Latin carō flesh
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