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bloodthirsty

[bluhd-thur-stee]
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adjective
  1. eager to shed blood; murderous: to capture a bloodthirsty criminal.
  2. 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
Related formsblood·thirst·i·ly, adverbblood·thirst·i·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for bloodthirsty

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  • Isn't the conversation rather too bloodthirsty for a luncheon-table?

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "They say that I am hard, bloodthirsty and unfeeling," he said in tones that were almost of complaint.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • For she had a general belief that all Orientals were bloodthirsty.

    An Old Meerschaum

    David Christie Murray

  • They boasted that none were so fierce and bloodthirsty as they.

  • So you've brought that d—— bloodthirsty villain into my house!

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore


British Dictionary definitions for bloodthirsty

bloodthirsty

adjective -thirstier or -thirstiest
  1. murderous; cruel
  2. taking pleasure in bloodshed or violence
  3. describing or depicting killing and violence; gruesomea bloodthirsty film
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Derived Formsbloodthirstily, adverbbloodthirstiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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