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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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 The West has continued its habit of responding to bloodshed with silence or slaps on the wrist. Gary Schmitt, WSJ, "The Russians And Saudis Look Guilty By Design," 8 Nov. 2018 There's also fear of the sporadic military tension that has led to occasional bloodshed between the rivals. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Unfinished business: Moon's summit dreams echo late mentor," 18 Sep. 2018 Separatist leaders challenging Indian authority called for a strike Monday in response to the bloodshed over the weekend. Eli Meixler, Time, "20 Dead After a Weekend of Violence in India-Controlled Kashmir," 2 Apr. 2018 The records show that Kelley’s military superiors saw him as a ticking bomb who needed to be locked up before his court martial to prevent bloodshed. Jacob Gershman And Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Texas Church Shooter Was Ticking Time Bomb," 7 May 2018 Police and an eyewitness said the man's actions prevented further bloodshed at the restaurant in Antioch. Phil Gast And Holly Yan, CNN, "Hero prevented further bloodshed at Tennessee Waffle House," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bloodshed

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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