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carnage

[ kahr-nij ]
/ ˈkɑr nɪdʒ /
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noun
the slaughter of a great number of people, as in battle; butchery; massacre.
fighting or other violence: brutal carnage on the football field.
great damage, utter defeat, or chaos:We are charting a way forward after the Election Day carnage.
Archaic. dead bodies, as of those slain in battle.
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Origin of carnage

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Middle French, from Italian carnaggio, from Medieval Latin carnāticum “payment or offering in meat,” equivalent to Latin carn- (stem of carō ) “flesh” + -āticum noun sufffix; see -age
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British Dictionary definitions for carnage

carnage
/ (ˈkɑːnɪdʒ) /

noun
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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