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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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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After Sunday’s bloodbath, there is much to celebrate. Courtney Shea, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brienne of Tarth Lives—And Gwendoline Christie Has Some Thoughts About that Love Triangle," 6 May 2019 That was the last trading day preceding Monday’s Shanghai-Shenzhen stock-market bloodbath. Mike Bird, WSJ, "The Painful Investment Recommendation of the Week Goes to…," 6 May 2019 Regardless of who, it is almost guaranteed there will be some kind of on screen bloodbath this Sunday, and only the Lord of Light knows who. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "Who Will Die Next on Game of Thrones, According to the Internet," 26 Apr. 2019 Getty Images If the 2018 elections were any indication of our political future, 2020 is looking to be a bloodbath. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How To Volunteer For A Political Campaign and Change The World," 25 Jan. 2019 That Oliver Stone’s hallucinogenic bloodbath got downgraded from an initial rating of NC-17 with the excising of four minutes of footage is a testament to the MPAA’s amenability where violence is concerned. Charles Bramesco, Vox, "Eighth Grade’s R rating deters actual 8th graders from seeing it. What a shame.," 18 July 2018 The bloodbath in Tiananmen Square in 1989 interrupted such dreams, but Deng and his successor, Jiang Zemin, still managed to rescue the economic reform project and even negotiated China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001. Orville Schell And Larry Diamond, WSJ, "China Gets Its Message to Americans but Doesn’t Want to Reciprocate," 21 Dec. 2018 Russian forces are preparing for an assault on Syria’s Idlib province, a move the U.S. repeatedly has warned likely would result in a bloodbath the scale of which has not been seen in Syria’s seven-year war. Frank Miles, Fox News, "US plays down talk of imminent pullout of forces from Syria," 6 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of bloodbath

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodbath

: a violent and cruel killing of many people

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