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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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 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday in London, but added that Hamas was trying to increase the body count to drum up international support. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Palestinian Protests Turn Violent Again But Gatherings Smaller," 8 June 2018 Those seasons featured tense standoffs and high body counts. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Americans spends its penultimate episode raising lots of very big questions," 24 May 2018 By 1976, the race's body count put it out of favor with many mainstream international racing organizations. Kyle Swenson,, "Motorcycle racing's 'most dangerous' event is underway and a rider is already dead," 1 June 2018 And while that might sound a tad ontological for fans of pulp fictions with high body counts, rest assured that the God invoked here is definitely one of vengeance. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Is God Is’ Reinvents the Good, the Bad and the Ugly," 18 Feb. 2018 Though praised for weakening the FARC and drawing record foreign investment, Uribe has also been blamed for the military's killing of thousands of civilians who were falsely portrayed as rebels to inflate body counts. Christine Armario And Joshua Goodman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Colombia's president-elect appeals for unity after runoff election," 18 June 2018 In the mid-1990s, the annual murder rate in Orange surpassed the yearly body count in South-Central Los Angeles, the drive-by capital of the country. Longreads, "The Cold War and its Fallout," 16 June 2018 But few people today know about her contemporary Belle Gunness, who far surpassed Borden’s body count and who was also, if these things can be judged, far more brutal. Howard Schneider, WSJ, "‘Hell’s Princess’ Review: A Butcher Named Belle," 18 May 2018

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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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