Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! JOIN NOW
: the shedding of blood
: the taking of life : slaughter
Recent Examples on the Web
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bloodshed.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Keep scrolling for more
Resources for bloodshed
18 Sep 2018
Time Traveler for bloodshed
See more words from the same century
More Definitions for bloodshed
: the killing of people especially in a war
See the full definition for bloodshed in the English Language Learners Dictionary
: serious injury or death caused by violence
More from Merriam-Webster on bloodshed
See words that rhyme with bloodshed
Spanish Central: Translation of bloodshed
Nglish: Translation of bloodshed for Spanish Speakers
Britannica English: Translation of bloodshed for Arabic Speakers
Comments on bloodshed
What made you want to look up bloodshed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
a magnificent or impressive array
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Name that Food Quiz
Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Red Cross Warns of Shelter Conditions
RIP Burt Reynolds
NYT Publishes Anonymous Piece
Kavanaugh Mentions Word in Hearing
Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
That dessert might kill you
How a folk song became a term of derision.
Sorry, not sorry
The participle made famous by Elvis
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
Test your knowledge of food and food words.
A quiz in common time.
A game of winding words.