- 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; massacre; bloodshed
Origin of carnageFr < Prov carnatge, flesh < carn < L caroObsolete dead bodies, esp. on a battlefield
Origin of carnageFrench ; from OIt carnaggio, ultimately ; from Classical Latin caro: carnal
- Massive slaughter, as in war; a massacre.
- Corpses, especially of those killed in battle.
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)