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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With or without bloodshed, an intervention would undermine business confidence in Hong Kong and with it the fortunes of the many Chinese companies that rely on its stockmarket to raise capital. The Economist, "Chinese troops must stay off the streets of Hong Kong," 8 Aug. 2019 Behind the hatred and bloodshed, each character — John Dutton, especially — has a brokenness that stems from hEvelyn's death more than two decades ago. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Wednesday's 'Yellowstone' Shows John Dutton Getting Emotional About His Wife's Death," 6 Aug. 2019 The woman most willing to partake in the bloodshed, Susan Atkins, died in prison in 2009 after 40 years behind bars. Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times, "How Charles Manson cast his spell on homecoming queens, honor students and dropouts," 11 Aug. 2019 Li was a hard-liner best known for announcing martial law during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests that ended in bloodshed. NBC News, "Hong Kong police fire tear gas after protesters defy ban on march," 27 July 2019 Li was a hard-liner who announced martial law during the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, which ended in bloodshed. Alice Fung And Yanan Wang,, "Hong Kong protesters take over arrivals terminal at international airport," 26 July 2019 Ever since 1989, critics had called for Mr. Li to face trial or a public reckoning for his role in the bloodshed. Chris Buckley,, "Li Peng, Chinese leader derided for role in Tiananmen crackdown, dies at 90," 23 July 2019 Since 1989, critics had called for Mr. Li to face trial or a public reckoning for his role in the bloodshed. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Li Peng, Chinese Leader Derided for Role in Tiananmen Crackdown, Dies at 90," 23 July 2019 After the morning bloodshed on Lexington green, on the first day of what would become a 3,059-day war, there occurred the second of what would be eventually more than 1,300 mostly small military clashes. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: A nation not made by flimsy people," 7 June 2019

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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