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[bluhd-kurd-ling, -kur-dl-ing] /ˈblʌdˌkɜrd lɪŋ, -ˌkɜr dl ɪŋ/
arousing terror; horrifying:
a bloodcurdling scream.
Origin of bloodcurdling
First recorded in 1930-35; blood + curdle + -ing2
Related forms
bloodcurdlingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • With an outburst of bloodcurdling curses, he flung himself upon her.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • A bloodcurdling yell brought him to his feet with a sudden leap.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • He made a discreet and bloodcurdling gesture to me with the other.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • This, then, was the interpretation of his bloodcurdling dream.

    Renshaw Fanning's Quest Bertram Mitford
  • It was the heartrending, bloodcurdling cry of people doomed—for the ship had begun to settle!

  • Dick is pretty good, but he can never roar out his orders in the bloodcurdling tones that Claude can.

  • Seeing that the coast was clear he took up his seat in the sun and soon was lost in the depth of a bloodcurdling detective story.

    The Missing Formula Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • I fired again point blank as the huge mouth, baring four ugly fangs, opened and emitted a bloodcurdling howl.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
British Dictionary definitions for bloodcurdling


terrifying; horrifying
Derived Forms
bloodcurdlingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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