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Example:

The dog carcasses were scattered everywhere. They looked like the [...] of a battlefield.

The closest word I can think of is "loser" but I think it doesn't quite make it.

Any suggestion?

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    How about simply "It looked like a battlefield"? – Hot Licks Dec 20 '14 at 22:41
  • Title is a bit deceptive, you really meant: "Those who died in battle" – Sammaye Dec 21 '14 at 0:01

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How about "casualties"

A person killed or injured in a war or accident:

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slain or fallen , on or from could be better than of.

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There are two possible ways in which you could modify the wording of the second sentence so as to enable you to use a greater range of idiomatic terms:

One is to use 'battlefield' attributively:

They looked like battlefield {victims / casualties}.

The other is to use on a battlefield rather than of a battlefield:

They looked like {corpses / casualties / the fallen / the slain / the dead / the wounded} on a battlefield.

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Victim: ( from TFD)

  • a person or thing that suffers harm, death, etc, from another or from some adverse act, circumstance. Victims of war.
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Considering the broader context, why not use something more idiomatic?

the remains of war

or

the war dead

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    ... aftermath. (Many kids used to look like dead dogs after math.) – Edwin Ashworth Dec 20 '14 at 14:49
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“Casualties” is the word I would use if you want to emphasize that they were killed/injured; otherwise, I think “loser” is the word you are looking for. (Cf. http://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/winner, antonyms of sense 2). Rephrasing, e.g. “they looked like they had lost a battle here” might sound better.

  • As you've edited, I have now removed my previous comment. :) – Erik Kowal Dec 20 '14 at 18:32
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Vestiges comes to mind. The implication is that there was a conflict that no one walked away from.

  • First off, welcome to English.se. Could you flesh this out a bit? I do think vestiges is somewhat relevant to what is left after a battle... but your answer could be much clearer. – virmaior Dec 20 '14 at 19:22
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Depending on your audience and intent, something like "detritus" might work.

noun - [dih-trahy-tuh s]

  1. rock in small particles or other material worn or broken away from a mass, as by the action of water or glacial ice.
  2. any disintegrated material; debris.

via dictionary.com

  • Please only supply phonetic transcriptions using the standard International Phonetic Alphabet, so that everyone around the world can understand them. – tchrist Dec 21 '14 at 0:32
  • I think this word would work better for battlefield equipment than for the soldiers themselves. – J.R. Dec 21 '14 at 1:13
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the residue of war on a battlefield.

Otherwise, I like 'slain' or 'fallen'.

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Some possibilities:

  • defeated having been beaten in a battle or other contest
  • vanquished defeated
  • slain past participle of slay: to kill by violence; to destroy; extinguish.
  • corpses dead bodies, especially of human beings rather than animals.
  • fallen killed in battle with glory

The links are to random dictionaries.

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    Is this supposed to be a sentence? Or just a list of words? There’s no punctuation, no context, no explanations of what the words mean or how they differ, no references to their use—nothing. Definite -1. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 20 '14 at 16:34
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    This answer does not explain itself very well, however it brings up the word I first thought of; Defeated. Vanquished is also an excellent pick. +1, but please edit to define those two. – Iwillnotexist Idonotexist Dec 20 '14 at 17:15
  • When I think of vanquished why do I think of LOTR and Gandalf on the bridge of Khazard Dum with the Balrog? Vanquished seems more like a word used to describe the out come of a battle: "The foe was vanquished, but our fallen were great" – Sammaye Dec 21 '14 at 12:37

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