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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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 The strike came as the United Nations warned the international community of the dangers of what could turn into yet another major bloodbath in Syria, this time along the borders of Jordan and Israel, risking a wider conflict. Washington Post,, "Airstrike in southern Syria kills families hiding in shelter from offensive," 28 June 2018 But the techs don’t realize that Akecheta—who stumbled into the aftermath of the bloodbath that occurred after Dolores killed Arnold—has already experienced a kind of awakening. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Season 2 Episode 8 Recap: Take My Heart When You Go," 11 June 2018 Kaufman also debunked fears that the host city for the 2020 RNC will encounter a bloodbath similar to that seen outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Site-selection chair reacts to S.A.’s rejection of RNC," 5 May 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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