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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More Coverage The bloodshed in this city 30 miles west of Los Angeles, which had only two homicides in all of 2017, came less than two weeks after a man shot and killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Police Probe Motive in Southern California Bar Massacre," 8 Nov. 2018 By the present day, the pre-1967 erotic suggestiveness of movies has been replaced by the pornography of pain, bloodshed, torture and ever more messy deaths. John Banville, WSJ, "‘Sleeping With Strangers’ Review: Flickers of Desire," 22 Feb. 2019 Syria welcomes any initiatives that stem the bloodshed, the ministry said. Bassem Mroue, Fox News, "Syria's government and opposition welcome Idlib deal," 18 Sep. 2018 But the bloodshed to the south was also to their own city’s economic benefit as tens of thousands of people — including, at one point, Juarez’s mayor — fled their homes to reside in El Paso. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "The Origin Story: A blind date, a border and Beto O’Rourke," 29 Mar. 2019 The faltering Iran nuclear agreement, the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip and the specter of a transatlantic trade war were all on the agenda. Washington Post, "As tensions with Trump deepen, Europe wonders if America is lost for good," 19 May 2018 The bloodshed comes at what had been expected to be a hopeful time in ethnic relations. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Feuding Monks Expose Bitter Ethnic Buddhist Divisions in Myanmar," 9 Feb. 2019 Nationally, the seven days with the highest number of incidents leading to school lockdowns occurred in the two weeks after the bloodshed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Broward County, Florida, on Feb. 14. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 The bloodshed initially stirred fears that the recent surge of political attacks on the ‘‘fake news media’’ had exploded into violence. Brian Witte,, "Police found Md. suspect no threat in ’13," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of bloodshed

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bloodshed was in the 15th century

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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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