sanguinary

adjective san·gui·nary \ ˈsaŋ-gwə-ˌner-ē \

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

sanguinarily

play \ˌsaŋ-gwə-ˈner-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of sanguinary in a Sentence

  1. a movie so sanguinary that I covered my eyes during at least half of it

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Origin and Etymology of sanguinary

Latin sanguinarius, from sanguin-, sanguis blood

Synonym Discussion of sanguinary

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


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