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.

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Meanwhile, if Democrats want their outrage over Russian meddling to be credible, a little concern about the mounting body count in Nicaragua is a good place to start. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "The Other Russian Meddling," 22 July 2018 So the audience is piecing together the story along with Chuck and Sam while the body count goes up or down as new information comes in. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Twitter-inspired You Might Be the Killer is coming to Syfy this weekend," 4 Oct. 2018 Game of Thrones boasts one of the highest body counts on TV, knocking off even major characters in some very gruesome ways. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study gives some handy tips on how to survive on Game of Thrones," 9 Dec. 2018 That body count in Anna and the Apocalypse is surprisingly ruthless, even by the standards of a zombie film. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Why zombies are so hilarious," 5 Dec. 2018 Expect the body count to rise even further as all those secrets simmering beneath the surface finally come to an explosive head. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The slow-burn psychological horror of Castle Rock makes for must-see TV," 4 Sep. 2018 The sheer chutzpah and body count of Infinity War knocks us for a loop, and this malaise will last until the good guys come through in Avengers 4. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Avengers: Infinity War': Why you shouldn't freak out about that death toll (spoilers!)," 29 Apr. 2018 If the public found out that another organization with the body count of the NRA was lobbying politicians and writing laws, there would be a national scandal. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The NRA Is a Terrorist Organization," 15 Feb. 2018 But, if the reason for the high body count is to create suspense, maybe that means some of our faves will be spared at the end—since there's no need for suspense when the story is over. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "George R.R. Martin Finally Explained Why He Keeps Killing All Your Favorite 'Game of Thrones' Characters," 12 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of body count

1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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