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bloodbath

or blood bath

[bluhd-bath, -bahth]
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noun, plural blood·baths [bluhd-bath z, -bahth z, -baths, -bahths] /ˈblʌdˌbæðz, -ˌbɑðz, -ˌbæθs, -ˌbɑθs/.
  1. a ruthless slaughter of a great number of people; massacre.
  2. Informal. a period of disastrous loss or reversal: A few mutual funds performed well in the general bloodbath of the stock market.
  3. a widespread dismissal or purge, as of employees.

Origin of bloodbath

First recorded in 1865–70; blood + bath1
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  • Shallow programming dominates as long as the bloodbath proceeds.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Jake rumbled, "There's going to be a bloodbath there before it's over."

    Black Man's Burden

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • But that it will be achieved through progressive taxation rather than through a bloodbath is not a foregone conclusion.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • This first European bloodbath provoked all of Albania's neighbours into an uncontrolled binge of invasions.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Gustavus Vasa was a young fellow there, who dexterously escaped this Bloodbath, and afterwards came to something.