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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bloodshed, gorenoun

    the shedding of blood resulting in murder

    "he avenged the bloodshed of his kinsmen"

  2. bloodbath, bloodletting, bloodshed, battuenoun

    indiscriminate slaughter

    "a bloodbath took place when the leaders of the plot surrendered"; "ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name"; "the valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder"; "a huge prison battue was ordered"


  1. bloodshednoun

    The shedding or spilling of blood.

  2. bloodshednoun

    A slaughter; destruction of life, notably on a large scale.

  3. bloodshednoun

    The shedding of one's own blood; specifically, the death of Christ.

  4. bloodshednoun

    A bloodshot condition or appearance; an effusion of blood in the eye.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bloodshednoun

    Etymology: from blood and shed.

    Full many mischiefs follow cruel wrath;
    Abhorred bloodshed, and tumultuous strife,
    Unmanly murder, and unthrifty scath. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    All murders past do stand excus’d in this;
    And this so sole, and so unmatchable,
    Shall prove a deadly bloodshed but a jest,
    Exampled by this heinous spectacle. William Shakespeare, King John.

    A man, under the transports of a vehement rage, passes a different judgment upon murder and bloodshed, from what he does when his revenge is over. South.

    So by him Cæsar got the victory,
    Through great bloodshed, and many a sad assay. Fairy Q. b. ii.

    Of wars and bloodshed, and of dire events,
    I could with greater certainty foretel. John Dryden, Tyran. Love.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bloodshednoun

    the shedding or spilling of blood; slaughter; the act of shedding human blood, or taking life, as in war, riot, or murder

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bloodshed in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bloodshed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of bloodshed in a Sentence

  1. White House:

    The Republican Senate must stop their outrageous obstruction and join the House to put an end to the horror and bloodshed that gun violence inflicts every day in America, enough is enough.

  2. Sirwan Barzani:

    The only solution( to stop the bloodshed) is to partition Arab Iraq, everybody will be relieved. What are the benefits of keeping Arab Iraq united with people killing each other every day ?

  3. Rosemary DiCarlo:

    Nearly two weeks on, it is painfully clear that those suffering the most after Russia's invasion of Ukraine are civilians - killed, wounded, displaced. This war is senseless, we are ready to support all good-faith efforts at negotiation to end the bloodshed.

  4. The Palestinians:

    This plan will bring no solution but rather will create more tensions and probably more violence and bloodshed.

  5. Roger Larico:

    They were shooting right and left. That's why we have this bloodshed.

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    a small contrasting part of something
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