blood·​cur·​dling | \ ˈbləd-ˌkərd-liŋ How to pronounce bloodcurdling (audio) , -ˌkər-dᵊl-iŋ\

Definition of bloodcurdling

: arousing fright or horror bloodcurdling screams

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The sounds of more explosions could be heard deriving from the outside amid more seemingly bloodcurdling screams, yells, sirens and alarms. Sean Lester Durham, The Root, "We Head South," 8 Apr. 2018 To me, a noose is merely a noose — not a bloodcurdling symbol of racist violence. Kevin Riordan,, "Why a noose is not just a noose, and why there's no excuse for Kevin Spacey's bad behavior | Kevin Riordan," 1 Nov. 2017 A young girl issued bloodcurdling screams as nurses cleaned cuts running up her leg. Azam Ahmed, New York Times, "Seeing ‘Nothing to Live For’ as Haiti Seeks a Body Count After Hurricane Matthew," 8 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of bloodcurdling

1724, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bloodcurdling was in 1724

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodcurdling

: causing great horror or fear


blood·​cur·​dling | \ ˈbləd-ˌkərd-liŋ How to pronounce bloodcurdling (audio) \

Kids Definition of bloodcurdling

: causing great horror or fear a bloodcurdling scream

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