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
Recent Examples on the Web Ten days later — Monday — a gunman turned a Boulder supermarket into a bloodbath, bringing more pain to a region that has a long history of mass shootings, and renewing a national debate over gun control. Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times, "After Boulder shooting, gun reform is again gaining steam. Survivors wonder if it will last," 24 Mar. 2021 In the aftermath of that bloodbath, Maggie is forced to grapple with the idea that Negan is out of jail and that Carol was the one who let him out. Nick Romano,, "The Walking Dead recap: Maggie met some new friends — and enemies," 1 Mar. 2021 Videos recorded by inmates and shared on social media showed mutilated bodies in the aftermath of the bloodbath. Morgan Winsor And Aicha El Hammar Castano, ABC News, "At least 79 killed in prison riots in Ecuador as gangs battle for control, officials say," 24 Feb. 2021 The 2013 Best Actor race was a bloodbath, with far too many worthy contenders to fit in just five Oscar nominations. Joe Reid, Vulture, "The Golden Globe–Nominated Movie Performances That Oscar Ignored, Ranked," 22 Feb. 2021 Mainstream media and many politicians claim the pandemic caused this bloodbath, but the chronology doesn’t support that assertion. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Taking Stock of a Most Violent Year," 24 Jan. 2021 The entire world was expecting a bloodbath and the Cowboys took it to the final snap. Dallas News, "National reaction to Cowboys-Steelers: Garrett Gilbert looked like ‘the best QB in the division’ vs. Pittsburgh," 9 Nov. 2020 Authorities arrested one of teens, who was wounded in the bloodbath. Drew Broach | Staff Writer,, "Metairie parking lot massacre blamed on marijuana deal, two armed teens," 12 Dec. 2020 The 500,000 inhabitants of Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, were spared a large-scale bloodbath. The Economist, "Victory, defeat and confusion In Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed's forces have won the battle but not the war," 1 Dec. 2020

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Bloodbath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodbath

: a violent and cruel killing of many people

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