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.

Origin of bloodthirsty

First recorded in 1525–35; blood + thirsty
Related formsblood·thirst·i·ly, adverbblood·thirst·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for bloodthirsty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bloodthirsty

ruthless, homicidal, barbaric, cruel, inhuman, savage, sanguinary, slaughterous

Examples from the Web for bloodthirsty

Contemporary Examples of bloodthirsty

Historical Examples of bloodthirsty

  • 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


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
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Word Origin and History for bloodthirsty

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