blood·​bath | \ ˈbləd-ˌbath How to pronounce bloodbath (audio) , -ˌbäth \

Definition of bloodbath

1 : a great slaughter
2a : a notably fierce, violent, or destructive contest or struggle the campaign has become a bloodbath
b : a major economic disaster a market bloodbath

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Thousands of people were murdered in the bloodbath. one side was so much better armed that the battle quickly turned into a bloodbath
Recent Examples on the Web And what begins as a dark comedy is transformed, ultimately, into an unconscionable bloodbath. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "What Two Nominations for Best Picture Say About Film," 10 Feb. 2020 An additional anti-Semitic bloodbath was narrowly averted in October when an armed assailant tried to blast his way into a synagogue in Halle, Germany, where scores of worshippers were attending services on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. Washington Post, "Houses of worship attacked with deadly frequency in 2019," 14 Dec. 2019 The wild night of costumes, drinking and partying turns into a bloodbath when an inbred family of hillbilly cannibals target several college students for dinner. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 And his match against Shane McMahon at SummerSlam should be an old-school bloodbath. Justin Barrasso,, "Takeaways: Don't Overlook WWE’s Extreme Rules After Loaded Week of Wrestling," 15 July 2019 Stocks fell more than 33% in a week during the 1987 bloodbath. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "‘Bull markets make you feel smarter’ and other rules for investing in today’s market," 30 Jan. 2020 Yet no one in authority has acknowledged the mistakes that led to this bloodbath, explained how these institutions failed so spectacularly, or offered a plan for ending the dysfunction. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Bill Barr’s Hot Mess," 14 Feb. 2019 The Big East figures to be a bloodbath this season and teams will likely need to take care of business at home. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Providence 81, Marquette 80 (OT): Friars make plays down stretch," 7 Jan. 2020 An acting nomination may prove more difficult, since the lead, MacKay, is competing with huge stars in a best-actor race that is starting to look like a bloodbath. Kyle Buchanan, New York Times, "Did ‘1917’ Just Enter the Best-Picture Battle?," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bloodbath

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bloodbath was in 1814

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“Bloodbath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodbath

: a violent and cruel killing of many people

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