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sanguinary

[ sang-gwuh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈsæŋ gwəˌnɛr i /
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adjective
full of or characterized by bloodshed; bloody: a sanguinary struggle.
ready or eager to shed blood; bloodthirsty.
composed of or marked with blood.
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Origin of sanguinary

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

OTHER WORDS FROM sanguinary

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sanguinary

sanguinary , sanguine
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How to use sanguinary in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sanguinary

sanguinary
/ (ˈsæŋɡwɪnərɪ) /

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

Derived forms of sanguinary

sanguinarily, adverbsanguinariness, noun

Word Origin for sanguinary

C17: from Latin sanguinārius
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