a house or place in which the bodies or bones of the dead are deposited.
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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.Why I Didn't Write About Gosnell's Trial--And Why I Should Have | Megan McArdle | April 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.Revolution and Other Essays | Jack London
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.The Terms of Surrender | Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for charnel house
(esp formerly) a building or vault where corpses or bones are deposited
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