The definition of carnage refers to mass death, killing or slaughter.
An example of carnage is when there are many dead bodies after a bomb has gone off.
- bloody and extensive slaughter, esp. in battle; bloodshed
Origin of carnageFr < Prov carnatge, flesh < carn < L caroObs. dead bodies, esp. on a battlefield
Origin of carnageFrench from OIt carnaggio, ultimately from Classical Latin caro: carnal
- a. Large-scale killing or maiming, as in war or an accident.b. A number of violently killed or maimed bodies.
- Informal Overwhelming defeat, loss, or destruction.
Origin of carnageFrench from Old French from Old Italian carnaggio from Medieval Latin carnāticum meat from Latin carō carn- flesh ; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural carnages)