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.
Recent Examples on the Web But Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, said the guns created the risk of bloodshed. Arkansas Online, "Citations issued for 9 people who demonstrated near St. Louis home," 11 Sep. 2020 But Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, said the guns created the risk of bloodshed. Jim Salter,, "Citations issued for 9 who demonstrated near the home of St. Louis couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey," 11 Sep. 2020 Cities in some parts of the country are reeling from a holiday weekend of bloodshed, including the murder of an 8-year-old in Chicago and the shooting of a 6-year-old in New York City, as officials continue to grapple with gun violence nationwide. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Chicago, New York City reeling from holiday weekend gun violence," 8 Sep. 2020 Evers initially refused Trump’s offer for federal assistance, as upheaval in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake set downtown Kenosha ablaze, destroying businesses and leading to bloodshed. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Republicans fear Kenosha violence won’t help Trump best Biden in Wisconsin," 1 Sep. 2020 But with violence and massacres in Darfur being reported as recently as July, there was concern that promises of peace would once again fall short and the nation would descend into a familiar cycle of bloodshed. Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times, "Sudan Signs Peace Deal With Rebel Alliance," 31 Aug. 2020 But authorities are reluctant to use force to break up the blockades, recalling widespread bloodshed in clashes last year around the time when Morales resigned after an election marred by irregularities. Carlos Valdez, Star Tribune, "Bolivia's political crisis threatens hospitals and patients," 13 Aug. 2020 QatarThe United States signed a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan that began after 9/11 and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America’s longest war. Kathy Gannon, The Denver Post, "U.S., Taliban sign peace agreement aimed at ending 18-year war in Afghanistan," 29 Feb. 2020 While nowhere near the homicide levels of a decade ago, the border city is still steeped in bloodshed. René A. Guzman,, "Two San Antonio sisters with a big passion for ultra-realistic dollhouse miniatures," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bloodshed

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bloodshed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodshed

: the killing of people especially in a war


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Kids Definition of bloodshed

: serious injury or death caused by violence

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