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[bluhd-steynd] /ˈblʌdˌsteɪnd/
stained with blood:
a bloodstained knife.
guilty of murder, slaughter, or bloodshed.
Origin of bloodstained
1590-1600; blood + stained; see stain, -ed2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One of them still grasped in his hand his blood-stained weapon.

  • Such but serve the blood-stained cause of our common enemies.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • Minky asked, without removing his eyes from the blood-stained letter.

  • Mussed or blood-stained specimens should not necessarily be discarded.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • “Pity,” he said, his eyes turned again to the blood-stained floor.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • Edgar took off his coat and showed the blood-stained bandage.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • Ernest took the blood-stained papers and glanced at them hurriedly.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
British Dictionary definitions for blood-stained


stained by or covered in blood
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blood-stained

1590s, from blood (n.) + past participle of stain (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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