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blood and thunder

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  1. sensationalism, violence, or exaggerated melodrama: a movie full of blood and thunder.
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Origin of blood and thunder

First recorded in 1855–60
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for blood-and-thunder

theatrical, artificial, cloak-and-dagger, exaggerated, ham, histrionic, hokey, sensational, spectacular, blood-and-thunder, cliff-hanging, hammy, overdramatic, overemotional, stagy

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Historical Examples of blood-and-thunder

  • Why, I'm no fighter, Frank—I'm no blood-and-thunder ruffian!

    Frank Merriwell Down South

    Burt L. Standish

  • White, or one of the blood-and-thunder raiders, might appear.

    The Man Thou Gavest

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • He was in a high fever while he was writing, and the blood-and-thunder Magazine style he adopted did not calm him.

  • We had never seen that weird species of pumpkin, and Will embroidered a blood-and-thunder narrative.

    Last of the Great Scouts

    Helen Cody Wetmore

  • The courtship has been written far and wide with blood-and-thunder pen, attended by lariat-throwing and runaway steeds.

    Last of the Great Scouts

    Helen Cody Wetmore

British Dictionary definitions for blood-and-thunder


  1. denoting or relating to a melodramatic adventure story
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