san·​gui·​nary | \ ˈsaŋ-gwə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce sanguinary (audio) \

Definition of sanguinary

1 : bloodthirsty, murderous sanguinary hatred
2 : attended by bloodshed : bloody this bitter and sanguinary war— T. H. D. Mahoney
3 : consisting of blood a sanguinary stream

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Other Words from sanguinary

sanguinarily \ ˌsaŋ-​gwə-​ˈner-​ə-​lē How to pronounce sanguinary (audio) \ adverb

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bloody, sanguinary, gory mean affected by or involving the shedding of blood. bloody is applied especially to things that are actually covered with blood or are made up of blood. bloody hands sanguinary applies especially to something attended by, or someone inclined to, bloodshed. the Civil War was America's most sanguinary conflict gory suggests a profusion of blood and slaughter. exceptionally gory, even for a horror movie

Examples of sanguinary in a Sentence

a movie so sanguinary that I covered my eyes during at least half of it
Recent Examples on the Web Though set in the far future and rendered in gorgeous 2-D by Madhouse Studios, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust feels ancient, like an old, sanguinary myth made new. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 25 Oct. 2021 But for those hoping to slake their bloodlust a little sooner, there’s a whole world of sanguinary anime — with and without vampires — out there just waiting for viewers to sink their teeth into. John Maher, Vulture, 4 June 2021 The details of that latest outrage bore all the markings of the sanguinary and absurd cycle of racist police violence. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 7 May 2021 The sanguinary stream in the tapestry may refer to the strife that drove Moufarrege’s family from both Alexandria and Beirut, as the papyrus and the tile pattern would suggest. New York Times, 19 May 2020 The red flag of the revolutionist in Lower California floats from the mast of the Mexican custom house in the Mexican town, the result of by far the most desperate and sanguinary battle yet fought on the Mexican peninsula., 9 May 2018 But even a cursory glance at the news that emanates from the Buddhist world reveals a more sanguinary state of affairs. Amar Diwakar, The New Republic, 23 Mar. 2018 No discriminatory intent should be inferred here; all over the place, in dioramas set up by dealers to pitch their sanguinary wares, soldiers of every nationality and ethnicity were massacring soldiers of every other nationality and ethnicity. Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, 28 Jan. 2018 The sanguinary battles of partisan politics turn pale when compared to the literary tussling taken up in defense of one's favorite noodle natatorium. Troy L. Smith,, 5 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of sanguinary

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sanguinary

Latin sanguinarius, from sanguin-, sanguis blood

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“Sanguinary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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