body count


Definition of body count

1 : a count of the bodies of killed enemy soldiers
2 : the number of persons involved in a particular activity

Examples of body count in a Sentence

The rising body count fueled opposition to the war.
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the ridiculous body count in the trainer's room and an offense that has mostly done the bare minimum to win, the Brewers finished the first month atop the NL Central with five victories in their last seven games. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2021 Add an inquisitive female detective to the mix and the body count can only climb. John Anderson, WSJ, 20 May 2021 But the body count keeps rising, and now the city is on fire. Darren Franich,, 17 May 2021 Though never before as lethal in terms of body count, such police massacres are common in Brazil, and the scripts each side hauls out in the immediate aftermath are always the same. David Miranda, Time, 8 May 2021 In this violent satire, indie filmmaker Gillian Wallace Horvat plays an indie filmmaker who, while making a mockumentary on committing the perfect murder, compiles a pretty impressive body count. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2021 The body count is a question mark at the end of this week’s episode, but regardless of casualties, this is a dark day for the superheroes. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 9 Apr. 2021 And as the body count grew, family members insisted that the problem was the people getting addicted, not the drug or Purdue’s marketing of it. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021 Opening up means risking a body count, but staying closed off killed Hutch’s soul. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of body count

1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jun 2021

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“Body count.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of body count

: the number of people killed in a war, disaster, etc.


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