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

Examples of bloodlust in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inflicting the death penalty on them would achieve nothing beyond satisfying the public’s bloodlust. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2024 Once again, we’re reminded that no one wins in a fight, except the moviegoer, who gets to satisfy an inherent bloodlust by indulging in the second-hand thrills of an epic barroom brawl in Margaritaville. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 9 Mar. 2024 The film’s most unsettling scenes connect Becker’s murder spree with the bloodlust of the German public, foreshadowing the Nazis’ rise to power just a few years later. Katie Rife,, 12 Mar. 2024 Some people don’t go through this kind of bloodlust, and that’s normal, too. Ayana Underwood, SELF, 9 Feb. 2024 The prosecutor was at her most confident and incisive, and the audience thrilled to her cold, mechanical bloodlust. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2023 Farmers who spotted grizzlies gnawing on the occasional carcass probably took the incidents as confirmation of the bears’ bloodlust, Alagona said—and, eventually, as justification for exterminating them. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 10 Jan. 2024 Hutchison deserves major kudos for his ultra-menacing portrayal of Tooms, whose eyes turn yellow when the bloodlust is upon him. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 Sep. 2023 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

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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 21 Jun. 2024.

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