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
Recent Examples on the Web The stock market started off well on Monday, following a few weeks of bloodbaths and some amazing earnings reports. Vinamrata Chaturvedi, Quartz, 6 May 2024 In what’s become the ongoing theme of this TV awards season, the limited or anthology series is a bloodbath and overflowing with top-tier talent, which will likely leave many Emmy worthy performers and series on the outside looking in. Clayton Davis, Variety, 10 Apr. 2024 Humanitarian bloodbath More than 200 aid workers, the vast majority of them Palestinians, have been killed in Israeli airstrikes and gunfire since the beginning of the war, officials say. Dan Morrison, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2024 The loudest opponent has been Donald Trump, who over the weekend used the word bloodbath in a tirade against electric vehicles and is sure to make a big deal of the Biden administration’s new rule. Zoë Schlanger, The Atlantic, 20 Mar. 2024 When normal people who, for example, were alarmed by the first bloodbath comment figure out what Trump was actually saying, their faith in the media diminishes. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2024 Recovery in the crypto market After yesterday’s bloodbath, the crypto market was in a better position today, as Bitcoin jumped 1.3% to $66,000. Vinamrata Chaturvedi, Quartz, 3 Apr. 2024 Thousands more are facing extreme suffering imposed by human traffickers, drug cartels, but on the American side of the border, this bloodbath is reaching every single corner of our country. Fox News, 3 Apr. 2024 What prompted the bookstore bloodbath of the past decade? Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Bloodbath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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