Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

bloodthirsty

[bluhd-thur-stee] /ˈblʌdˌθɜr sti/
adjective
1.
eager to shed blood; murderous:
to capture a bloodthirsty criminal.
2.
enjoying or encouraging bloodshed or violence, especially as a spectator or clamorous partisan:
the bloodthirsty urgings of the fight fans.
Origin of bloodthirsty
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; blood + thirsty
Related forms
bloodthirstily, adverb
bloodthirstiness, noun
Synonyms
1. homicidal, savage, brutal, bloody; merciless, pitiless.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for bloodthirsty
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Isn't the conversation rather too bloodthirsty for a luncheon-table?

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • "They say that I am hard, bloodthirsty and unfeeling," he said in tones that were almost of complaint.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • For she had a general belief that all Orientals were bloodthirsty.

    An Old Meerschaum David Christie Murray
  • They boasted that none were so fierce and bloodthirsty as they.

  • So you've brought that d—— bloodthirsty villain into my house!

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore
British Dictionary definitions for bloodthirsty

bloodthirsty

/ˈblʌdˌθɜːstɪ/
adjective -thirstier, -thirstiest
1.
murderous; cruel
2.
taking pleasure in bloodshed or violence
3.
describing or depicting killing and violence; gruesome: a bloodthirsty film
Derived Forms
bloodthirstily, adverb
bloodthirstiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for bloodthirsty
adj.

also blood-thirsty, 1530s (Coverdale, Ps. xxv:9), from blood (n.) + thirsty (adj.). Ancient Greek had a similar image in haimodipsos. Related: Bloodthirstiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bloodthirsty

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bloodthirsty

21
21
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bloodthirsty