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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Middle French carnage, from a Norman or Picard variant Old Northern French) of Old French charnage, from char (flesh), or from Vulgar Latin *carnaticum (slaughter of animals), itself from Latin carnem, accusative of caro (flesh).

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carnage (usually uncountable, plural carnages)

  1. Death and destruction.
  2. The corpses, gore, etc. that remain after a massacre.
  3. (figuratively, slang) Any chaotic situation.
    • 2014, Simon Spence, Happy Mondays: Excess All Areas
      The lads had recently returned from a wild summer on the party island of Ibiza, an increasingly popular hotspot for working-class British youth. But this was not a scene of drunken holiday carnage in tacky discos.
    • 2015, Adam Jones, Bomb: My Autobiography
      Within three hours we'd drunk the place dry. Miraculously, we all made it back on the bus, but I've never seen a more bacchanalian scene of wanton debauchery than the ride back to the hotel. It was total carnage.

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French carnage, itself probably from a Norman or Picard (Old Northern French) variant of Old French charnage, itself from char (cf. chair (flesh)), or from a Vulgar Latin *carnaticum (slaughter of animals), from Latin carō, carnem. Cf. also Old Provençal carnatge, Italian carnaggio.

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carnage m (plural carnages)

  1. carnage (all senses)

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Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably from a Norman or Picard (Old Northern French) variant of Old French charnage, itself from char (flesh), or from a Vulgar Latin *carnaticum (slaughter of animals), from Latin carō, carnem.

NounEdit

carnage m (plural carnages)

  1. a piece of meat used as bait

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  • charnage on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330-1500) (in French)