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

Definition of bloodlust

: desire for bloodshed

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Recent Examples on the Web Rumor has it one vampire still resides there, trapped by their bloodlust. Shelly Tan, Washington Post, "Five sensational vacation destinations from the virtual worlds of video games," 25 Feb. 2021 Ghostrunner will satisfy your virtual bloodlust and then some. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "Cyberpunk 2077 is a mess — how to get your refund (and what to play instead)," 17 Dec. 2020 And zeal unencumbered by a concern for consequences is indistinguishable, in practice, from bloodlust. Adam Rowe, WSJ, "‘The Zealot and the Emancipator’ Review: A Deadly Confrontation," 4 Oct. 2020 In the QAnon imagination, Democrats and celebrities commingle in orgies of bloodlust, while demons of the figurative and literal variety cavort their way to supreme intoxication. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "QAnon, Blood Libel, and the Satanic Panic," 29 Sep. 2020 The rise-of-the-antihero genre is an old trope, going back to special editions of comic books that would explain Lex Luthor’s bloodlust or the childhood neglect at the heart of the Joker’s nihilism. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "“Ratched,” Reviewed: A Confused, Caricaturish Origin Story for the “Cuckoo’s Nest” Villainess," 19 Sep. 2020 The depictions are disturbingly romantic: seminude invaders among smoldering monuments, preening with bloodlust and concupiscence. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, "The Man Who Sacked Rome," 9 June 2020 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

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First Known Use of bloodlust

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Bloodlust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodlust

: the desire to kill or to see people killed

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