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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Carnifex (Antiq) The public executioner at Rome, who executed persons of the lowest rank; hence, an executioner or hangman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carnifex A public executioner; a hangman; hence, as a term of abuse, a wretch.
    • n carnifex [capitalized] In ornithology: A genus of hawks: same as Micrastur. Lesson, 1842. [Not in use.] A genus of birds: same as Phænicercus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Carnifex executioner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. caro, carnis, flesh + facere, to make
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. carnaliscaro, carnis, flesh.


In literature:

Two halberdiers and a carnifex in his odious leathern apron stood before me.
"The Shame of Motley" by Raphael Sabatini
Lytle had just recovered from his Carnifex Ferry wound.
"Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive" by Alf Burnett
The regiment was sent into West Virginia, and its first engagement was at Carnifex Ferry.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various

In poetry:

Or, perchance, in years to follow,
I shall watch your plump sides hollow,
See Carnifex (gone lame) become a corse —
See old age at last o'erpower you,
And the Station Pack devour you,
I shall chuckle then, O Undertaker's Horse!
"The Undertaker's Horse.." by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Carnifex is one of the biggest bands in the underground these days…particularly with the younger crowd and vocalist Scott Lewis checked in with me on the November 5 edition of The Oath.
NOVA travels to a remote Australian cave to reveal one of the most important paleontological discoveries ever made in the outback—the full skeleton of a giant marsupial lion called Thylacoleo carnifex.
It turns out that Carnifex will be walking away from music, at least for now.
According to Carnifex's Facebook Scott Ian Lewis has released the following statement.
If you at the Carnifex show the last time they were here in Lubbock then you remember a show that blew us away.
Capital Chaos put out a video from a Carnifex show at the Ace Of Spades in Sacramento California on April 28th.
Carnifex is a killer metal band that throws down a awesome stage show.
We had drove to Amarillo to see Carnifex and to our surprise a San Antonio band by the name of Upon A Burning Body threw down the opening set and they blew the roof off, literally.