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[bluhd-thur-stee] /ˈblʌdˌθɜr sti/
eager to shed blood; murderous:
to capture a bloodthirsty criminal.
enjoying or encouraging bloodshed or violence, especially as a spectator or clamorous partisan:
the bloodthirsty urgings of the fight fans.
Origin of bloodthirsty
First recorded in 1525-35; blood + thirsty
Related forms
bloodthirstily, adverb
bloodthirstiness, noun
1. homicidal, savage, brutal, bloody; merciless, pitiless. Unabridged
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  • 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


adjective -thirstier, -thirstiest
murderous; cruel
taking pleasure in bloodshed or violence
describing or depicting killing and violence; gruesome: a bloodthirsty film
Derived Forms
bloodthirstily, adverb
bloodthirstiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bloodthirsty

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

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