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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Synonyms for bloodstained


bloody, gory

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Examples of bloodstained in a Sentence

had to throw away the bloodstained washcloth after a particularly bad nosebleed

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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 There, police found physical evidence, such as a bloodstained ax and a machete, according to copies of the case files reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Mexicans, Hit by Murder Wave, Face Long, Often Futile Wait for Justice," 25 Dec. 2018 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 The change in location of the game ignited protests from Palestinian activists, who displayed bloodstained shirts at a demonstration in Barcelona, where Argentina is practicing for the World Cup beginning June 14. Daniel Politi, New York Times, "Argentina-Israel Soccer Game Canceled Over Playing in Jerusalem," 6 June 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 Circe’s reckless and bloodstained niece, Medea, arrives once, her wrathful father not far behind. Laura Collins-hughes,, "It’s a man’s world — even in the myths," 20 Apr. 2018 Beside Najjar’s left leg and against his door was a bloodstained graduation ticket. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "‘Are you alive?’ Trial describes ambush of Maryland teens killed the night before graduation," 18 Jan. 2018 Local Democratic legislators invited the state’s Republican leadership to walk the bloodstained halls and hear directly from first responders about the impacts of the attack. Michael Scherer, Washington Post, "Florida high school students demand change to gun laws at boisterous rally," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bloodstained

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Medical Definition of bloodstained

: stained with blood

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