blood·shed | \ ˈbləd-ˌshed \

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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The bloodshed has discouraged some from seeking office. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Slayings of political candidates accelerate in run-up to Mexico election," 27 June 2018 Police credit restaurant patron James Shaw Jr. with disarming the gunman and averting more bloodshed. CBS News, "Waffle House reopens amid tears and solemn remembrance," 25 Apr. 2018 This includes Israeli settlement policies in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, as well as bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. Mike Corder, Fox News, "Palestinians ask ICC to investigate alleged crimes by Israel," 22 May 2018 There was bloodshed elsewhere in Afghanistan on Monday. Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, "Nine Journalists Among Dozens Killed by Kabul Bombs," 30 Apr. 2018 By the early 2010s, the bloodshed in some cities had reached a pitch comparable to that of the internal conflicts that had torn up the region decades earlier (see chart 2). The Economist, "Shining light on Latin America’s homicide epidemic," 5 Apr. 2018 Her violent death underscores challenges in reducing bloodshed in Brazilian cities, many of which rank among the most violent in the world. Walter Brandimarte,, "Councilwoman’s Murder Deals Blow to Temer’s Security Policy in Rio," 15 Mar. 2018 Sure, there’s bloodshed, but everyone’s intentions are good. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "9 Emmy-Nominated Shows You Can Binge to Escape Reality," 13 July 2018 Those bitter years included urban riots, violence, bloodshed, bombings, kidnappings, shootouts and assassinations often centered on the Vietnam War or racial issues., "A long tradition: Americans behaving badly," 5 July 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 \

Kids Definition of bloodshed

: serious injury or death caused by violence

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