bloodshed

or blood·shed·ding

[ bluhd-shed or bluhd-shed-ing ]
/ ˈblʌdˌʃɛd or ˈblʌdˌʃɛd ɪŋ /

noun

destruction of life, as in war or murder; slaughter.
the shedding of blood by injury, wound, etc.

Nearby words

  1. bloodline,
  2. bloodlust,
  3. bloodmobile,
  4. bloodnoun,
  5. bloodroot,
  6. bloodshot,
  7. bloodstain,
  8. bloodstained,
  9. bloodstock,
  10. bloodstock industry

Origin of bloodshed


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British Dictionary definitions for bloodshed

bloodshed

/ (ˈblʌdˌʃɛd) /

noun

slaughter; killing
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Word Origin and History for bloodshed

bloodshed

n.

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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