body count

noun

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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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 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

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1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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body count

noun

English Language Learners Definition of body count

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

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