blood·​lust ˈbləd-ˌləst How to pronounce bloodlust (audio)
: desire for bloodshed

Examples of bloodlust in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sentiment was understandable: Hamas’s unspeakable brutality in massacring some 1,400 Israelis, including women and children and the elderly, much of it gleefully captured on video, recalled the savagery and bloodlust of ISIS at its height. Cole Bunzel, Foreign Affairs, 2 Nov. 2023 Now Democrats who still oppose building a border wall are taking a much less forgiving position on the asylum system—a stance that resembles the pre-Trump Republican Party’s, while the GOP currently careens into open bloodlust. Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, 11 Oct. 2023 The cult of violence, the appeal to young-male rage and bloodlust, the celebration of a robotic urge to fight to the end—Hollywood has been injecting all of this into the global id for the better part of a century. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 2 Sep. 2023 On the trail that skirts the marsh grass, a dense cloud of bloodlust envelops the visitor. Andy Newman, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2023 The poem’s machismo has often bored or estranged me, and, in more grandiloquent translations, its heroes’ mindless bloodlust obscured the pathos of boys and men who are shamed literally to death by weaknesses that they’ve been bred to suppress. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 The series delves into the world of the games—a world characterized by bloodlust, greed, the pursuit of power and corruption. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 2 Aug. 2023 For those not motivated purely by a desire for cinematic bloodlust accompanied by an abrasive musical score that sounds like electronic fingernails on a blackboard, there’s some fun to be had. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Aug. 2023 Continually writing, recording, and releasing piss-poor songs amidst social media bloodlust is one of the bravest, coolest things any artist can do. Jonathan Rowe, Spin, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bloodlust was in 1848

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“Bloodlust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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