Definition of Charnel

1. Noun. A vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited.

Exact synonyms: Charnel House
Generic synonyms: Burial Vault, Vault



2. Adjective. Gruesomely indicative of death or the dead. "The sepulchral darkness of the catacombs"
Exact synonyms: Ghastly, Sepulchral
Similar to: Offensive
Derivative terms: Ghastliness

Definition of Charnel

1. a. Containing the bodies of the dead.

2. n. A charnel house; a grave; a cemetery.

Definition of Charnel

1. Noun. A chapel attached to a mortuary. ¹

2. Noun. A repository for dead bodies. ¹

3. Adjective. Of or relating to a charnel, deathlike, sepulchral. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Charnel

1. a room where corpses are placed [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Charnel

charmingly
charmingness
charmless
charmlessly
charmlessness
charmlike
charmonia
charmonium
charmoniums
charms
charmstone
charmstones
charmwork
charneco
charnecos
charnel (current term)
charnel house
charnel houses
charnelhouse
charnelhouses
charnels
charoite
charoites
charon phage
charophyte
charophytes
charoset
charoseth
charosets
charpai

Literary usage of Charnel

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1. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1819)
"-THESAURUS OP HORROR; OR, THE charnel-HOUSE EXPLORED!! &c.* THIS is » very pretty title, and we think the book is likely to have a run. ..."

2. The Gentleman's Magazine (1855)
"At Stratford-upon-Avon was a charnel- house, which was levelled with the ground ш ... 10 In the cemetery garth at Durham the mouth of the charnel vault may ..."

3. Life of Matthew Hale Carpenter: A View of the Honors and Achievements That by Frank Abial Flower (1883)
"charnel-HOUSE OF CORPORATIONS. Shortly after the publication of the opinion, ... With the other hand I shall open the charnel-house of corporations and bid ..."

4. Incidents of Travel in Yucatan by John Lloyd Stephens (1848)
"... a great charnel-house, along the wall of which was a row of skulls. At the top of a pillar forming the abutment of the wall of the ..."

5. Dr. William Smith's Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising Its Antiquities by William Smith (1888)
"468) in use as a charnel-house, and which the latest ... Besides the charnel-house above mentioned, there arc several large hollows iu the ground in this ..."

6. The Life of William Shakespeare: Including Many Particulars Respecting the by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1848)
"It is now pulled down, but Captain Saunders has fortunately preserved a very careful drawing of its interior, the most curious record of this charnel-house ..."

7. Military and Religious Life in the Middle Ages and the Period of the Renaissance by P. L. Jacob (1874)
"charnel-houses in the Churches.—Public Cemeteries.— The Cemetery of the Innocents, Paris.—Lanterns for the Dead.—Funerals of the Kings and Queens of France. ..."

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