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 The Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the bloodshed, France’s worst terrorist attacks since World War II. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 The harp represents harmony and creativity, the opposite of a weapon, which is used for bloodshed or violence. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 8 June 2022 But for the genetics researchers who discovered their work cited in the screed as justification for the bloodshed, there are only questions — how did this happen? Megan Molteni, STAT, 24 May 2022 Columnist Sandy Banks, who wrote about the massacre on its 50th anniversary, noted that in a Gallup poll taken days after the shootings, 58% of respondents blamed the students for the bloodshed. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 In detailed broadcasts to millions of viewers, correspondents and hosts of Russian state TV channels said Tuesday that some photo and video evidence of the killings were fake while others showed that Ukrainians were responsible for the bloodshed. Amanda Seitz And Arijeta Lajka, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2022 The bloodshed occurred at St. Francis Catholic Church in the town of Owo in Ondo state, more than 200 miles northwest of Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, and over 200 miles southwest of Abuja, the Nigerian capital. James Bwala, ABC News, 9 June 2022 Children inside the adjoining classrooms where the bloodshed ensued made multiple calls to 911 while officers waited outside the classrooms. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 8 June 2022 The unrelenting bloodshed has renewed a push for broader gun control, but some lawmakers have focused their calls on improving school infrastructure — something Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg decried Sunday. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 6 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bloodshed

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jul 2022

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

Kids Definition of bloodshed

: serious injury or death caused by violence


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