Meaning of “charnel house” in the English Dictionary

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"charnel house" in English

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charnel housenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʃɑː.nəl ˌhaʊs/ us /ˈtʃɑːr.nəl ˌhaʊs/ old use

Examples from literature

  • By Monday the city reeked with the smell of a charnel house and pestilence was in the air. 
  • Indians always removed their dead, yet seemingly this place was a perfect charnel house, heaped with slain. 
  • On the evening after a frightful battle, they were all three in the charnel house where the dead bodies are brought. 
  • The perfume of them sickened Anna, as the odor of a charnel house might have done. 
  • The summit stopped being a battle field to become a charnel house. 

(Definition of “charnel house” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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