blood·​lust | \ ˈbləd-ˌləst How to pronounce bloodlust (audio) \

Definition of bloodlust

: desire for bloodshed

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Recent Examples on the Web Of sexism, elitism, and bigotry If the regular content of WhatsApp messages and Twitter posts during these times are anything to go by, Indian society is likely teetering on the edge of outright bloodlust. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "My Delhi’s wounds today are a direct result of the free-flowing bile our families normalised," 26 Feb. 2020 In 2007 the national mood was one of ecstatic bloodlust, war drums, and camo-prints, and Dolce & Gabbana ads featured nearly naked models in apocalyptic deserts being pawed into orgasmic submission by cheetahs. Cintra Wilson, The New York Review of Books, "Waste Not, Shop Not," 11 Feb. 2020 And anyone who thinks appeals to violence are a passé vice of the ancestors need only watch the bloodlust on display at modern political rallies. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Is the world becoming more violent?," 10 Jan. 2020 The Longhorns appeared locked-in at the start of a rivalry game that tends to lack much (or any) of the bloodlust and ferocity that accompanies the annual football game. Nick Moyle,, "Texas squanders lead against Oklahoma, falls into 0-2 hole in Big 12," 8 Jan. 2020 Poeltl was involved of a pair of rejections of Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio’s once-favorite son turned unforgiven nemesis, twin blocks that satisfied the home crowd’s bloodlust almost as much as the final score. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs’ block party sends Leonard, Clippers home empty-handed," 29 Nov. 2019 The switch-up allows Tarantino to both exercise his genius for cinematic bloodlust and to take imagined revenge — his and ours — for a crime that changed the film industry and American pop culture. Ty Burr,, "‘The Great Hack’ looks at how history was changed, and Tarantino changes history," 1 Aug. 2019 Nebraska 1995 averaged over 63 points in its first three games, but that team had a bloodlust for pain from beginning to end. Joseph Goodman |, al, "What Alabama’s offense needs isn’t on paper," 27 Aug. 2019 Stripped of their bloodlust, what, after all, are vampires and zombies but insomniacs with bad taste? Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "I can’t sleep. And all the books about not sleeping aren’t helping.," 21 Aug. 2019

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Bloodlust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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: the desire to kill or to see people killed

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