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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited adj. - Gruesomely indicative of death or the dead.

Usage examples (30)
  • A charnel smell came from the chest filled with dead men's bones
  • First the bottomless pit and then a charnel house.
  • A combination of charnel-house and menagerie smell.
  • The country seemed to be one endless charnel-house. for more
Tutoring comment
  • A "charnel" is a place where dead bodies are kept, but if something is "carnal" it is something that relates to physical desires.
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