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ensanguine

[en-sang-gwin] /ɛnˈsæŋ gwɪn/
verb (used with object), ensanguined, ensanguining.
1.
to stain or cover with or as with blood:
a flag ensanguined with the blood of battle.
Origin of ensanguine
1660-1670
First recorded in 1660-70; en-1 + sanguine
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  • "I, master," and Tematau placed an ensanguined hand on mine.

  • We may conquer him on the ensanguined field, but he conquers us—or Henry of England!

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
  • The struggling crowd had lashed his pugnacity and ensanguined his temper.

    The Californians

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • Yet, how can we imagine that a stain of ensanguined crime should attach to Miriam!

    The Marble Faun, Volume I. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The ensanguined skull was the first object that caught my eye.

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • Even the water in vessels of stone and wood was ensanguined.

    Bible Romances George W. Foote
  • The ensanguined Sylla wept over the recital of the miseries he himself had caused.

    Martyria Augustus C. Hamlin
  • "But the name gives such an ensanguined suggestion," she objected.

    The Storm Centre Charles Egbert Craddock
  • She held the ensanguined head of Louis Devoe in her white apron.

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  • Perhaps the decrepit parent views his darling son leaving his peaceful abode to enter the ensanguined field, never more to return.

British Dictionary definitions for ensanguined

ensanguine

/ɪnˈsæŋɡwɪn/
verb
1.
(transitive) (literary) to cover or stain with or as with blood
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