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Ca'rnage. n.s. [carnage, Fr. from caro, carnis, Lat.]

  1. Slaughter; havock; massacre.

    He brought the king's forces upon them rather as to carnage than to fight, insomuch as without any great loss or danger to themselves, the greatest part of the seditious were slain. Hayw.

  2. Heaps of flesh.

                        Such a scent I draw
    Of carnage, prey innumerable! and taste
    The favour of death from all things there that live.

    His ample maw, with human carnage fill'd,
    A milky deluge next the giant swill'd.
    Pope's Odyssey.

Sources: Hayward, John (42) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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