blood·​shed | \ ˈbləd-ˌshed How to pronounce bloodshed (audio) \

Definition of bloodshed

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.

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The woman most willing to partake in the bloodshed, Susan Atkins, died in prison in 2009 after 40 years behind bars. Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times, "How Charles Manson cast his spell on homecoming queens, honor students and dropouts," 11 Aug. 2019 Li was a hard-liner best known for announcing martial law during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests that ended in bloodshed. NBC News, "Hong Kong police fire tear gas after protesters defy ban on march," 27 July 2019 Li was a hard-liner who announced martial law during the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, which ended in bloodshed. Alice Fung And Yanan Wang,, "Hong Kong protesters take over arrivals terminal at international airport," 26 July 2019 Ever since 1989, critics had called for Mr. Li to face trial or a public reckoning for his role in the bloodshed. Chris Buckley,, "Li Peng, Chinese leader derided for role in Tiananmen crackdown, dies at 90," 23 July 2019 Since 1989, critics had called for Mr. Li to face trial or a public reckoning for his role in the bloodshed. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Li Peng, Chinese Leader Derided for Role in Tiananmen Crackdown, Dies at 90," 23 July 2019 After the morning bloodshed on Lexington green, on the first day of what would become a 3,059-day war, there occurred the second of what would be eventually more than 1,300 mostly small military clashes. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: A nation not made by flimsy people," 7 June 2019 Protest organizers say 35 people died in the bloodshed. Washington Post, "The Latest: EgyptAir cancels 2 flights to Sudan’s capital," 5 June 2019 Suspiria introduced viewers to a Cold War-era ballet school that’s—whoops!—actually run by a coven of witches whose battle for power results in bloodshed. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "In 2018, Horror Movies Are the Most Comforting Things I Watch," 19 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of bloodshed

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodshed

: the killing of people especially in a war


blood·​shed | \ ˈbləd-ˌshed How to pronounce bloodshed (audio) \

Kids Definition of bloodshed

: serious injury or death caused by violence

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