stained with blood: a bloodstained knife.
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. 2019

Related Words for bloodstained

gory, grisly, bleeding, ensanguined

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Contemporary Examples of bloodstained

Historical Examples of bloodstained

  • How long had it taken—that frenzy of battle on the bloodstained beach?

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • A bloodstained knife was found under the old merchant's pillow.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • She saw that he had a bloodstained strip of linen tied around his neck.

  • Thus Bertha learns that her lover and the bloodstained Prophet are one.

  • Of course, Mwanga was a coward as well as a cruel and bloodstained despot.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

British Dictionary definitions for bloodstained



stained by or covered in blood
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