blood·​cur·​dling ˈbləd-ˌkərd-liŋ How to pronounce bloodcurdling (audio)
: arousing fright or horror
bloodcurdling screams

Examples of bloodcurdling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Act III, the bloodcurdling chorus of the Dutchman’s spectral crew lacked a persuasive visual component. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 16 Mar. 2020 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, 8 Apr. 2018 To me, a noose is merely a noose — not a bloodcurdling symbol of racist violence. Kevin Riordan,, 1 Nov. 2017 A young girl issued bloodcurdling screams as nurses cleaned cuts running up her leg. Azam Ahmed, New York Times, 8 Oct. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1724, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bloodcurdling was in 1724

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“Bloodcurdling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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blood·​cur·​dling ˈbləd-ˌkərd-liŋ How to pronounce bloodcurdling (audio)
: causing great horror or fear : terrifying
bloodcurdling screams

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