bloodcurdling

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

Definition of bloodcurdling

: 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, "Valery Gergiev Weighs Down the Met’s New “Flying Dutchman”," 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, "We Head South," 8 Apr. 2018 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, Philly.com, "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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“Bloodcurdling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bloodcurdling. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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bloodcurdling

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bloodcurdling

: causing great horror or fear

bloodcurdling

adjective
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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