a. Large-scale killing or maiming, as in war or an accident.
b. A number of violently killed or maimed bodies.
2. Informal Overwhelming defeat, loss, or destruction.
[French, ultimately variant (possibly of Norman dialectal French or Picard origin or influenced by Old Provençal carnatge, carnage) of Old French charnage : charn, variant of char, flesh, meat (from Latin carō, carn-; see sker-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + -age, -age.]
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