blood·​thirsty | \ˈbləd-ˌthər-stē \

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 \ adverb
bloodthirstiness \ ˈbləd-​ˌthər-​stē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of bloodthirsty in a Sentence

the Goths were a wild and bloodthirsty people

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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 The Pack are joined by the bloodthirsty Disciples and the money-hungry Operators. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Bethesda teases Fallout 76 ahead of E3," 30 May 2018 The bloodthirsty 33-year-old is relentless in his pursuit of pain in the ring, and his style has elicited genuine interest from wrestling fans across North America. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: A Rare Interview With Pentagon Jr.; the Ripple Effect of WWE’s Fox Deal," 23 May 2018 For those who find bloodthirsty Old West bandits too tame, behold a glitchy, malfunctioning shogun. William Lee,, "‘Westworld’ Episode 5 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Akane No Mai’ and the introduction of Shogun World," 20 May 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 \

Kids Definition of bloodthirsty

: eager to kill or hurt

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