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 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
Recent Examples on the Web Alabama was a bloodthirsty 36 of 56 from the field, 18 of 30 on threes and 25 of 30 from the stripe. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Alabama hoops: If the rim is there, then just try and rip it down," 14 Feb. 2021 As before, the title characters are brother and sister who stumble into the clutches of an evil witch — but this witch (as played by Alice Krige) is a witch, genuinely bloodthirsty and scary, with blood-red clouds billowing from her cottage chimney. New York Times, "‘Margaret,’ ‘American Animals’ and More Streaming Alternatives," 25 Jan. 2021 Sometimes, with the help of unsightly prosthetic horns, scars and noses, the 24-year-old singer and rapper will transmute herself into a bloodthirsty girl demon. Los Angeles Times, "Channeling Harley Quinn and Lil’ Kim, Ashnikko won the internet. Are the pop charts next?," 25 Jan. 2021 Fling a bloodthirsty headcrab from your face using your actual hands. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The 2020 Game and Toy Awards," 4 Nov. 2020 The leader looks like Zack Morris, embodying the bloodthirsty evil in this world. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "30 best horror movie scenes of the 21st century," 29 Oct. 2020 Most significant: Paulini, unwilling to put puppeteers in confined spaces, ruled out using a large puppet (frequently used in other productions) to represent the bloodthirsty plant at full height. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "‘Little Shop,’ Big Relief: How One Theater Safely Put on an Indoor Show," 14 Oct. 2020 That’s the timely premise behind this family-friendly horror comedy, directed by Osmany Rodriguez, about three kids who take up crucifixes and garlic to battle vampires stalking Arthur Avenue with bloodthirsty agendas. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, "A Guide to New Horror Movies This Month," 7 Oct. 2020 The Obama-Biden administration allowed the ISIS mini-state to metastasize into a bloodthirsty tumor twice the size of New Jersey. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Trump’s Underappreciated Foreign Policy," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of bloodthirsty

1539, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bloodthirsty was in 1539

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20 Feb 2021

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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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