blood·​stained ˈbləd-ˌstānd How to pronounce bloodstained (audio)
: stained with blood
: involved with slaughter
a bloodstained chronicle of war

Examples of bloodstained in a Sentence

had to throw away the bloodstained washcloth after a particularly bad nosebleed
Recent Examples on the Web The bloodstained word is painted on scarlet satin, the material of a cardinal’s cassock. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023 Nine members of Congress spent an hour touring the bullet-riddled and bloodstained halls of the 1200 Building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 4 Aug. 2023 His green graduation robe was open, revealing a bloodstained white shirt. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 7 June 2023 His time as a journalist coincided with some of the most turbulent and bloodstained days of Italy’s postwar history, marked by left-wing and right-wing political violence and by the perennial battle with organized crime, including the Sicilian Mafia. New York Times, 16 July 2022 After serving a search warrant at his home, authorities discovered a handgun with a bloodstained handle, as well as bloodstained jeans, Murphy said. William Lee, Chicago Tribune, 23 May 2022 Kilgore held up his bloodstained hands and broke down in tears. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2023 State police detectives suspect, based on bloodstained car seats and other evidence collected through searches of locations across the state, that Dulos may have cut the body of his estranged wife and mother of his five children into pieces that have never been found. Edmund H. Mahony,, 3 Dec. 2021 For all its bloodstained history, people who live here say that Catholics and Protestants generally get along well. Mark Landler, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bloodstained was in 1594

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“Bloodstained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


blood·​stained -ˌstānd How to pronounce bloodstained (audio)
: stained with blood
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