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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Republican donors and lawmakers warned Trump of a potential bloodbath before the 2018 midterm elections. Robert Myers, Quartz, "“Warspeak” has infiltrated everyday American English," 8 Aug. 2019 Neither the winners nor the losers of World War I were happy with the formal conclusion to the bloodbath. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Lessons of the Versailles Treaty," 25 July 2019 The original bloodbath took place over the course of three days, but that day at the festival the Hungarian troops needed to wrap things up in thirty-five minutes. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 Western Conference Fighting for the top seed Denver Nuggets Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Lakers Utah Jazz The Western Conference is just going to be a bloodbath. Mitchell Gladstone,, "Where All 30 Teams Stand After NBA Free Agency," 18 July 2019 The West is going to be a bloodbath next season, and there are an incredible number of competent teams around the league right now. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Clippers Just Became the Best Team in Los Angeles, and Perhaps the NBA," 6 July 2019 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

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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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