- 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
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1. homicidal, savage, brutal, bloody; merciless, pitiless.
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Examples from the Web for bloodthirsty
Bloodthirsty calls for revenge have filled Facebook and Twitter.Two Days After School Attack, Pakistan Court Lets Terrorists Walk Free
December 18, 2014
His bloodthirsty fighters might be Baghdad's best hope of stopping the Islamic State.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Nov 3-9, 2014
November 9, 2014
“ISIS is pure barbarism, it is bloodthirsty,” Marchouch told The Daily Beast in an interview.ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe
Nadette De Visser
July 28, 2014
The Russian revolution of 1917 toppled the tsar and soon installed a bloodthirsty communist regime.Wounds of World War I Have Yet to Heal
Michael F. Bishop
June 28, 2014
They would later be dubbed a “bloodthirsty” “lesbian she-wolf pack” and—most famously—“a seething, Sapphic septet.”‘Out in the Night’ and the Redemption of the ‘Killer Lesbian Gang'
June 21, 2014
Isn't the conversation rather too bloodthirsty for a luncheon-table?The Snare
"They say that I am hard, bloodthirsty and unfeeling," he said in tones that were almost of complaint.The Shame of Motley
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.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children
So you've brought that d—— bloodthirsty villain into my house!Among the Pines
James R. Gilmore
- murderous; cruel
- taking pleasure in bloodshed or violence
- describing or depicting killing and violence; gruesomea bloodthirsty film
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Word Origin and History for bloodthirsty
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