bloodletting

noun blood·let·ting \ -ˌle-tiŋ \
Updated on: 29 Mar 2018

Definition of bloodletting

2 : bloodshed
3 : elimination of personnel or resources
4 : severe criticism
  • Take the English, the undisputed champions at verbal bloodletting.
  • —Bill Ott
: a harsh verbal or written attack
  • But what makes "Cinderella & Company" more than just a book-length bloodletting is Hoelterhoff's unexpected sympathy for most of the singers about whom she writes.
  • —Terry Teachout

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First Known Use of bloodletting

before 12th century


BLOODLETTING Defined for English Language Learners

bloodletting

Definition of bloodletting for English Language Learners

  • : the former practice of taking some blood out of the bodies of sick people to heal them

  • : the practice of causing someone to bleed as part of a religious ceremony

  • : the killing of people


Medical Dictionary

bloodletting

noun blood·let·ting \ -ˌlet-iŋ \

medical Definition of bloodletting



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