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

Other Words from bloodthirsty

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

Examples of bloodthirsty in a Sentence

the Goths were a wild and bloodthirsty people
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First Known Use of bloodthirsty

1539, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition of bloodthirsty

: eager to kill or hurt

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