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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One ongoing subplot focuses on a pair of bloodthirsty assassins hired by the cartel to find the bomber—and no spoilers here, but the season finale leans especially hard into the show’s newfound penchant for brutality. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Moody Return of Veronica Mars," 15 July 2019 The bugs are an annoyance every summer, but this year the bloodthirsty hordes have driven people to find creative ways to fight back. Kris Maher, WSJ, "The Black Fly Is Here for Your Blood—and Dignity," 16 June 2019 Egypt wants stability and hates the idea of a bloodthirsty militia with Islamist ties ruling its neighbour. The Economist, "How to stop Sudan sliding into war," 14 June 2019 The incident accords with the popular characterization of Ivan as a bloodthirsty tyrant. Noah Sneider, Harper's magazine, "Slash Fictions," 10 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of bloodthirsty

1539, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodthirsty

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


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

Kids Definition of bloodthirsty

: eager to kill or hurt

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