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charnel house

A building or chamber for the deposit of the bones of the dead.
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If Mullaney is so quick to dismiss mourning, one wonders why he even cares about what Elizabethans would feel as their chantries were destroyed and their charnel-houses emptied.
The medieval charnel-house was the meeting place of the community which had gone before, but their elimination signified the Lutheran ending of the coming together of living and dead.
Years later, he would recall "the charnel-house atmosphere of draining buboes, gonorrhea, prostate massages, daily short-arm inspections, locomotor ataxia, and the howls of poor sinners in the clutch of terminal paresis.
As the pile grew so did a dreadful, charnel-house smell which drifted up to the street.
hide me nightly in a charnel-house O'ercover'd quite with dead men's rattling bones, With reeky shanks and yellow chapless skulls.
But the film is riveting to watch, from its charnel-house opening to its chilling final sign-off: "You are not a wolf, and this is a land of wolves now".
There were injustices and inequalities, to be sure, but also diversity, character, leisure, and liberties, all of which Hitler and Stalin between them killed off, to leave a continent of charnel-houses and memories.