[ bluhd-steynd ]
See synonyms for bloodstained on
  1. stained with blood: a bloodstained knife.

  2. guilty of murder, slaughter, or bloodshed.

Origin of bloodstained

1590–1600; blood + stained;see stain, -ed2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bloodstained in a sentence

  • I straightened his arms, and covered his face with the blood-stained coat and left him to his long sleep.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Rollo ran down the streets of tents, a thousand eyes upon the thundering black horse and his blood-stained rider.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • Blood-stained bandages of linen around his right arm and leg betokened two recent wounds.

  • He who breathes his last over there, lying in his blood-stained bath, has never known this sacred flame.

    The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
  • He took the little white feather from his hatbrim and attached it to Winfree's tattered, blood-stained tunic.

    The Great Potlatch Riots | Allen Kim Lang

British Dictionary definitions for bloodstained


/ (ˈblʌdˌsteɪnd) /

  1. stained by or covered in blood

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