bloodshed

noun

blood·​shed ˈbləd-ˌshed How to pronounce bloodshed (audio)
1
: the shedding of blood
2
: the taking of life : slaughter

Examples of bloodshed in a Sentence

Years of violence and bloodshed have left much of the country in ruins.
Recent Examples on the Web The strike on Haniyeh's family is the latest bloodshed in a war with no end in sight. Tia Goldenberg, arkansasonline.com, 11 Apr. 2024 With a Palestinian father and the mental image of innocent bloodshed, Salman felt moved to take to the streets with his Palestinian flag in tow—for more than 100 days straight. Dylan Wickman, The Arizona Republic, 9 Apr. 2024 Biden requested that Netanyahu send a team of security officials to Washington this week to listen to U.S. proposals for limiting the bloodshed. John Hudson, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 At least twice in recent weeks, attempts to distribute food ended in bloodshed as hungry Palestinians seeking aid were killed. Robert Jimison, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Wild West The bloodshed in Kingfisher County made national headlines, highlighting Oklahoma’s role as the latest and wildest frontier in the marijuana underworld. Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, 14 Mar. 2024 The first real bloodshed came from two clashes involving the Wide Awakes. Jon Grinspan, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2024 The State Department now routinely expresses concern about the bloodshed. Hannah Allam and John Hudson The Washington Post, arkansasonline.com, 31 Mar. 2024 ProPublica’s coverage of gun violence reveals how first responders, policymakers and those directly affected are coping with the bloodshed. Vernal Coleman, ProPublica, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bloodshed was in the 15th century

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“Bloodshed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bloodshed. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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bloodshed

noun
blood·​shed -ˌshed How to pronounce bloodshed (audio)
1
: the shedding of blood
2
: the taking of life : slaughter
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