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

Definition of bloodlust

: desire for bloodshed

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Outside, the bloodlust was running deep and cold as workers inside the jail grounds fashioned a makeshift gallows out of wood under a carnival tent, set up to shield the gawkers. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: One high school gym, two states, and the midcourt stripe has a secret," 3 July 2019 Michael, in his quirky, eccentric bloodlust, can just keep going and going. Aja Romano, Vox, "Halloween’s post-credits “scene,” explained," 20 Oct. 2018 Trail of Lightning begins long after Maggie and Neizgháni have split up due to his concern over her bloodlust and and extreme violence. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Trail of Lightning is a breathtaking Native American urban fantasy adventure," 26 June 2018 To write a character like Villanelle, a woman motivated by bloodlust, greed, and spite, is not an inherently revolutionary act, even amid the dearth of complex female archetypes in pop culture. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Killing Eve and the Riddle of Why Women Kill," 28 May 2018 Taking the time to ripen Jon’s prey only makes pulling the trigger on his bloodlust increasingly difficult. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Vampyr review: Dead in the daylight," 6 June 2018 Comer and Haig play this horror climax perfectly, as Villanelle’s bloodlust rises in tandem with Bill’s panic. Caroline Framke, Vox, "Killing Eve’s funny, frightening third episode shows why it’s the best TV surprise of the year," 29 Apr. 2018 The hosts have been consumed by bloodlust, leaving humans as hapless underdogs in a hell of their own making. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 1: No More Heroes," 23 Apr. 2018 Marko’s troubled relationship with pacifism both stems from childhood abuse and his fear of his own bloodlust. Shaan Amin, The Atlantic, "The Sprawling, Empathetic Adventure of Saga," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bloodlust

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bloodlust was in 1848

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodlust

: the desire to kill or to see people killed

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