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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During the month of May, police reported 40 homicides — a body count unseen in Dallas since the 1990s. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "At town hall, Dallas' top cop says police can't stop all crime, urges team effort," 22 June 2019 In addition to sharing the gunman’s video online, Arps sent a copy of it to be doctored to look like a first-person-shooter video game, featuring crosshairs and a body count. Charlotte Graham-mclay,, "New Zealand man gets 21 months for sharing video of Christchurch attacks," 18 June 2019 The primary currencies in Deadwood were gold, blood and whiskey; the relentless body count ensured that the town’s flesh-eating pigs were treated to... Lesley M. M. Blume, WSJ, "The Glorious Tragedy of “Deadwood”," 31 May 2019 The new army commander, General Nicacio Martínez, issued orders that seemed to encourage his forces to increase the body count—a throwback to a controversial policy under Mr Uribe. The Economist, "Can Colombia’s President Iván Duque find his feet?," 22 June 2019 There’s so much tongue-in-cheek humor that even though the body count mounts – and some in the audience may be surprised that death comes to animals and beloved figures alike – there’s really no dread. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "New ‘Child’s Play’ full of seriously scary fun," 20 June 2019 But things take an unexpected turn — and the body count quickly rises. Clark Collis,, "The Banana Splits Movie trailer reveals beloved children's TV icons to be killer robots," 13 June 2019 The body count continues to rise on Game of Thrones, with Daenerys Targaryen's travels toward King's Landing resulting in the death of her dragon child, Rhaegal. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rhaegal Died on Game of Thrones and the Internet Is Losing It," 6 May 2019 The body count was already significant and the characters who were still alive were all pretty much moments away from death. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Is Arya Azor Ahai? The Battle of Winterfell in 'Game of Thrones'," 29 Apr. 2019

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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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