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or blood·shed·ding

[bluhd-shed or bluhd-shed-ing]
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  1. destruction of life, as in war or murder; slaughter.
  2. the shedding of blood by injury, wound, etc.
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Origin of bloodshed

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Related Words for bloodshed

murder, massacre, fighting, killing, bloodbath, carnage, bloodletting, annihilation, butchery, onslaught, gore, extermination

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  1. slaughter; killing
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Word Origin and History for bloodshed


also blood-shed, c.1500, "the shedding of (one's) blood," from verbal phrase (attested in late Old English), from blood (n.) + shed (v.). The sense of "slaughter" is much older (early 13c., implied in bloodshedding).

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