blood·​bath ˈbləd-ˌbath How to pronounce bloodbath (audio)
: a great slaughter
: a notably fierce, violent, or destructive contest or struggle
the campaign has become a bloodbath
: a major economic disaster
a market bloodbath

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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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bloodbath was in 1814

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“Bloodbath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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