charnel house

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  1. a house or place in which the bodies or bones of the dead are deposited.

Origin of charnel house

First recorded in 1550–60

Words Nearby charnel house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use charnel house in a sentence

  • If I think about it for a moment, there are obviously lots of policy implications of Gosnell's baby charnel house.

  • The factory had indeed become a charnel-house, it being useless for the chiefs to admonish their men to keep under cover.

    Rule of the Monk | Giuseppe Garibaldi
  • Its door an entrance to a living charnel-house, its iron-barred windows but the outlook of hell!

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • I was in the pit, the abyss, the human cesspool, the shambles and the charnel-house of our civilization.

  • The spectacle now under their eyes was itself sufficiently disagreeable, seeming a very charnel-house.

    The Vee-Boers | Mayne Reid
  • The bright world had become a place of skulls, a charnel house, a prison whose iron walls were closing in on him eternally.

British Dictionary definitions for charnel house

charnel house

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

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