carnage

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From Middle French carnage, from 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. What remains after a massacre, e.g. the corpses or gore.
  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.

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carnage m (plural carnages)

  1. a piece of meat used as bait