bloodshed

noun blood·shed \ ˈbləd-ˌshed \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of bloodshed

1 :the shedding of blood
2 :the taking of life :slaughter

Examples of bloodshed in a Sentence

  1. Years of violence and bloodshed have left much of the country in ruins.

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First Known Use of bloodshed

15th century


BLOODSHED Defined for English Language Learners

bloodshed

noun

Definition of bloodshed for English Language Learners

  • : the killing of people especially in a war


BLOODSHED Defined for Kids

bloodshed

noun blood·shed \ ˈbləd-ˌshed \

Definition of bloodshed for Students

:serious injury or death caused by violence


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