- full of or characterized by bloodshed; bloody: a sanguinary struggle.
- ready or eager to shed blood; bloodthirsty.
- composed of or marked with blood.
Origin of sanguinary
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Examples from the Web for sanguinary
There were ten sanguinary persecutions, some being atrocious.Initiation into Philosophy
On the 22d of August, 1572, commenced this diabolical act of sanguinary brutality.Fox's Book of Martyrs
This sanguinary programme the mutineers discussed day and night.The Naval History of the United States
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He was defeated in 1542, in a sanguinary battle, and then accepted terms of peace.The Maya Chronicles
The war which followed was of the most sanguinary character.The Land We Live In
- accompanied by much bloodshed
- consisting of, flowing, or stained with blood
Word Origin and History for sanguinary
"characterized by slaughter," 1620s, possibly from French sanguinaire, or directly from Latin sanguinarius "pertaining to blood," from sanguis (genitive sanguinis) "blood," of unknown origin. Latin distinguished sanguis, the generic word, from cruor "blood from a wound." The latter word is related to Greek kreas "meat," Sanskrit kravis- "raw flesh," Old English hreaw- "raw" (see raw).