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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.
In his vision for the 'City of Tomorrow' he wrote, 'Our World, like a charnel-house, is strewn with the detritus of dead epochs.
For Serbian police have raised the stakes by going on a murder spree, turning Kosovo into a charnel-house.
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.
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".