bloodthirsty

adjective
blood·​thirsty | \ ˈbləd-ˌthər-stē How to pronounce bloodthirsty (audio) \

Definition of bloodthirsty

: eager for or marked by the shedding of blood, violence, or killing

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Other Words from bloodthirsty

bloodthirstily \ ˈbləd-​ˌthər-​stə-​lē How to pronounce bloodthirstily (audio) \ adverb
bloodthirstiness \ ˈbləd-​ˌthər-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce bloodthirstiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of bloodthirsty in a Sentence

the Goths were a wild and bloodthirsty people

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But none of the official records, including the proceedings of Hickey’s court-martial, reveal such bloodthirsty objectives. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, "‘The First Conspiracy’ Review: The Skulduggery of King George," 9 Jan. 2019 Schur’s scripts can be philosophically dense, but Bell is the perfect avatar for his ideas, all sunshine, puppy dogs, and bloodthirsty malice. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Good Place," 20 Nov. 2018 These are real people, exploring a world where true danger exists around every turn, whether from a physical object like an air filter going bad, or from a bloodthirsty mercenary. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Prospect is a stylish science fiction movie that puts world building first," 31 Oct. 2018 In his future, McAulty’s robots are benevolent monarchs, bloodthirsty tyrants, and unknowable gods who hold all the cards against humans. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "In The Robots of Gotham, AI has taken over the world — and become exactly like us," 7 July 2018 Likewise, the show's pirates are lovable rogues, at once endearing and threatening, bloodthirsty and cowardly. Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader, "After 139 years, Pirates of Penzance is still a satisfying combination of sweet and salty," 27 June 2018 Most of the people who are against hunting of bears and wolves have never seen one in their life, and paint us as bloodthirsty killers, and that’s not the case at all. NBC News, "The fight over Alaska's hunting rules runs deeper than using doughnuts to bait bears," 14 June 2018 But as a bloodthirsty vampire, this creates a dilemma: everyone in London is also a source of food. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Vampyr is a gothic RPG that makes you feel guilty for killing," 8 June 2018 Russian nationalists, however, have trumpeted an alternative set of events: that Ivan IV was not a vindictive and bloodthirsty tyrant, but rather the target of a smear campaign by Western leaders who opposed him. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Man Attacks Ivan the Terrible Painting, Blames Vodka," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of bloodthirsty

1539, in the meaning defined above

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bloodthirsty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bloodthirsty

: eager to hurt or kill : enjoying the sight of violence or bloodshed

bloodthirsty

adjective
blood·​thirsty | \ ˈbləd-ˌthər-stē How to pronounce bloodthirsty (audio) \

Kids Definition of bloodthirsty

: eager to kill or hurt

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