sanguinary

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin sanguinarius.

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Adjective[edit]

sanguinary (comparative more sanguinary, superlative most sanguinary)

  1. (of an event) Attended with bloodshed.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, "Unity in Religion" (Google preview):
      We may not propagate religion by wars, or by sanguinary persecutions to force consciences.
    • 1887, Henry Rider Haggard, Allan Quatermain, Chapter XIII:
      " [] every one of which took its rise from some noble family that succeeded in grasping the purple after a sanguinary struggle."
  2. (of a person) Eager to shed blood; bloodthirsty.
    • c. 1730, William Broome:
      Passion [] makes us brutal and sanguinary.
    • 1877, Samuel Green, The Life of Mahomet: Founder of the Religion of Islamism and of the Empire of the Saracens with Notices of the History of Islamism and of Arabia, p. 126:
      "The defence set up for Mahomet is equally availing for every sanguinary and revengeful tyrant; [] "
  3. (of an object) Consisting of, covered with, or similar in appearance to blood.
    • 1913, H. G. Wells, Little Wars, Section VI:
      Here is the premeditation, the thrill, the strain of accumulating victory or disaster—and no smashed nor sanguinary bodies [] , that we who are old enough to remember a real modern war know to be the reality of belligerence.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Not to be confused with sanguine. Sanguine means “optimistic”, while sanguinary means “bloodthirsty, gory”.

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Noun[edit]

sanguinary (plural sanguinaries)

  1. A bloodthirsty person.
  2. The plant yarrow, or herba sanguinaria.