[ sang-gwuh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈsæŋ gwəˌnɛr i /


full of or characterized by bloodshed; bloody: a sanguinary struggle.
ready or eager to shed blood; bloodthirsty.
composed of or marked with blood.

Origin of sanguinary

First recorded in 1540–50, sanguinary is from the Latin word sanguinārius bloody. See sanguine, -ary

Related forms

Can be confused

sanguinary sanguine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sanguinary


/ (ˈsæŋɡwɪnərɪ) /


accompanied by much bloodshed
consisting of, flowing, or stained with blood

Derived Forms

sanguinarily, adverbsanguinariness, noun

Word Origin for sanguinary

C17: from Latin sanguinārius
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