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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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 bedding was still there when a Wall Street Journal reporter visited last month. Isabel Coles, WSJ, 15 May 2022 After a mother is murdered at her house, police focus on their best clues: a bloodstained hammer and a dusty footprint. Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2022 Othram’s pitch is simple: Government labs lack the expensive equipment needed to process DNA evidence — cigarette butts, bloodstained fabric, bone — which may be decades old, degraded or mixed with nonhuman materials. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2022 The deal has others flaws, such as letting the ayatollahs get their bloodstained hands on nearly $100 billion in foreign currencies. Steve Forbes, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Is God Is, a murderous modern myth about vengeful twin sisters on a bloodstained mission to kill their father. Sagal Mohammed, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Feb. 2022 For the next two weeks, their safety, security, and privacy will be in the bloodstained hands of the CCP. Tom Cotton, National Review, 5 Feb. 2022 In the imagery of Bloody Sunday, the 17-year-old seems limp, and Daly waves a bloodstained handkerchief as an impromptu flag of truce. Alan Cowell,, 29 Jan. 2022 In the imagery of Bloody Sunday, the 17-year-old seems limp, and Father Daly waves a bloodstained handkerchief as an impromptu flag of truce. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bloodstained

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bloodstained was in 1594

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22 May 2022

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“Bloodstained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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

Medical Definition of bloodstained

: stained with blood


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