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  1. a spot or stain made by blood.
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Origin of bloodstain

First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from bloodstained
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Examples from the Web for bloodstain

Historical Examples

  • The bloodstain was conclusive, in his opinion, on that point.

    The Valley of Fear

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Only a bloodstain showed that there had been violence aboard.

    The Flying Stingaree

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • This is the first bloodstain, clear and bright, on our Taorminian land.

    Heart of Man

    George Edward Woodberry

  • I would rather have a bloodstain on my escutcheon than a dishonourable blot.

    Captain Fracasse

    Theophile Gautier

  • He must be a noble being—a genius born in the purple, on whose laurels there rests not a bloodstain, perhaps not even a tear!

British Dictionary definitions for bloodstain


  1. a dark discoloration caused by blood, esp dried blood
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