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 handssanguinary 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
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