blood·​stained | \ ˈbləd-ˌstānd How to pronounce bloodstained (audio) \

Definition of bloodstained

1 : stained with blood
2 : involved with slaughter a bloodstained chronicle of war

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had to throw away the bloodstained washcloth after a particularly bad nosebleed
Recent Examples on the Web The Appalachian folk songs that Parton’s mother sang to her were often bloodstained and haunted. Dorian Lynskey, Los Angeles Times, "When Dolly was dark: How Dolly Parton went from bard of death and cruelty to avatar of goodness," 30 Nov. 2020 The book wasn’t glossy or destined for a coffee table; the photographs — a crowded platter of reindeer eyes, reindeer being butchered in bloodstained snow — were documentarian in approach and intentionally unaestheticized. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "In the Arctic, Reindeer Are Sustenance and a Sacred Presence," 9 Nov. 2020 The first leg of the journey passes without incident but after a stop at an inn the passenger manifest goes missing, a bloodstained garment appears, and a lady vanishes. Sophie Hannah, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Killings at Kingfisher Hill,' by Sophie Hannah," 11 Sep. 2020 But the explosion last week, which sent a shock wave across eastern Beirut, shattered so many windows and storefronts that the main street was carpeted with bloodstained glass. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, "They return to homes damaged in Beirut’s blast to discover someone has already cleaned them," 10 Aug. 2020 Kenney traveled from her Idaho home to Woodland Park after the murder and cleaned Berreth’s bloodstained apartment. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Kelsey Berreth murder case: Krystal Kenney eligible for placement in halfway house after serving 60 days," 27 Mar. 2020 Russia’s first big thrust came in September 2015, when Moscow surprised the world with a bombing campaign in Syria that saved from defeat the bloodstained regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Angela Stent, WSJ, "Vladimir Putin’s Big Push Into the Middle East," 15 Feb. 2019 Another questionable decision made at the scene was the removal of a bloodstained mattress. Jeremy Gorner,, "Cook County watchdog clears medical examiner's office in probe into Chicago cop's apparent suicide," 2 July 2018 After the explosion, TV footage showed scattered sandals and school notebooks amid body parts and lifeless forms on the bloodstained pavement outside the registration center. Sayed Salahuddin, The Seattle Times, "At least 57 Afghans killed in Kabul suicide bombing, health officials say," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bloodstained

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bloodstained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of bloodstained

: stained with blood

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