or blood·shed·ding

[bluhd-shed or bluhd-shed-ing]


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

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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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