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
Recent Examples on the Web Pagan warlord Uhtred of Bebbanburg narrates his bloodthirsty adventures in the politically tumultuous 10th century. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "Five books not to miss: ‘The Rise of Magicks’ by Nora Roberts, Ian McKellen biography," 24 Nov. 2019 Big, profitable, bloodthirsty companies have not historically been taken down by a bright-eyed Harvard Man with a Really Good Plan. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Pete Buttigieg’s Health Care Plan Is the Worst Yet," 19 Sep. 2019 In Them!, nuclear radiation from the 1945 atomic Trinity tests begets giant, bloodthirsty ants who make their way to Los Angeles following a freight train full of sugar. Elizabeth Horkley, Quartz, "Our obsession with insects in horror films says a lot about our fear of destroying the planet," 30 Oct. 2019 And all of the haunted trails, rides, houses and forests are still crawling with zombies, bloodthirsty clowns and creepy creatures. Liv Martin, Twin Cities, "Carve that pumpkin and dust off your witch hat. Halloween week is upon us.," 24 Oct. 2019 An unforgettable scene in 2002’s Queen of the Damned, for one, was when Aaliyah slithered about a dark nightclub as a bloodthirsty vampire queen. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "5 Halloween Costumes Inspired by Spooky Leading Ladies," 22 Oct. 2019 After a zombie apocalypse breaks out across Korea, passengers must fight for survival aboard a high speed train filled with bloodthirsty zombies in every car. Nate Nickolai,, "The best horror films to stream right now," 20 Oct. 2019 The bloodthirsty orchid is left to die in the cold with all of Weddernburn’s other plants. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Orchids," 9 Oct. 2019 An amnesiac spelunker joins a rescue team to explore underground caves where bloodthirsty creatures dwell. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bloodthirsty

1539, in the meaning defined above

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19 Dec 2019

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“Bloodthirsty.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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