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bloodthirsty

[ bluhd-thur-stee ]
/ ˈblʌdˌθɜr sti /
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adjective

eager to shed blood; murderous: to capture a bloodthirsty criminal.
enjoying or encouraging bloodshed or violence, especially as a spectator or clamorous partisan: the bloodthirsty urgings of the fight fans.

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Origin of bloodthirsty

First recorded in 1525–35; blood + thirsty
SYNONYMS FOR bloodthirsty
Related formsblood·thirst·i·ly, adverbblood·thirst·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bloodthirsty

bloodthirsty

/ (ˈblʌdˌθɜːstɪ) /

adjective -thirstier or -thirstiest

murderous; cruel
taking pleasure in bloodshed or violence
describing or depicting killing and violence; gruesomea bloodthirsty film
Derived Formsbloodthirstily, adverbbloodthirstiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bloodthirsty

bloodthirsty


adj.

also blood-thirsty, 1530s (Coverdale, Ps. xxv:9), from blood (n.) + thirsty (adj.). Ancient Greek had a similar image in haimodipsos. Related: Bloodthirstiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper