blood·​bath | \ˈbləd-ˌbath, -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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Examples of bloodbath in a Sentence

Thousands of people were murdered in the bloodbath. one side was so much better armed that the battle quickly turned into a bloodbath

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Here’s a gentle primer Nobody knows why the cryptocurrency market has turned into such a bloodbath—just as no one really knew why cryptocurrencies enjoyed such a spectacular rise a year ago. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin and Ethereum fall to lows not seen since 2017," 19 Nov. 2018 When the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran meet in Tehran Friday, Sept. 7, all eyes will be on their diplomacy averting a bloodbath in Idlib, Syria's crowded northwestern province and last opposition stronghold. Jon Gambrell And Nasser Karimi, Fox News, "Syria summit in Iran may decide Idlib military offensive," 7 Sep. 2018 Even at the valuations, because of the financial bloodbath. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Uber will win the scooter wars," 6 Aug. 2018 Hodor? — and the supporting categories are usually far less competitive than the bloodbath that is the Lead Actor/Actress In A Drama Series fight., "The 2018 Emmys Love The Lannisters More Than The Starks," 12 July 2018 The internet has experienced this kind of bloodbath before. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Twitter purge wipes out a big chunk of Trump, Obama followers — and Twitter's own," 12 July 2018 More importantly, is abolishing ICE a serious idea, or is it, as right-wing pundits insist, a knee-jerk anti-cop reaction to the immigration debate that will alienate moderate voters and lead to a political bloodbath for the ever-hapless Democrats. Will Bunch,, "Why they risked everything to Occupy ICE | Will Bunch," 5 July 2018 Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images But any talk of a bloodbath, as players on either side tried to pile up bookings in a bid to engineer a path to the easier half of the bracket, proved unfounded. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Belgium Beats England in World Cup’s No-Win Game," 28 June 2018 This bloodbath is the continuation of the Israeli army’s policy during the last seven weeks: shooting with live ammunition at demonstrators, on the assumption that anyone approaching the separation fence is a legitimate target. NBC News, "Gaza protests replaced by funerals as Palestinians mark 'nakba'," 15 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bloodbath

: a violent and cruel killing of many people

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