bloodshed

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Etymology[edit]

From attested early forms of such phrases as "there was much blood shed"; equivalent to blood +‎ shed, past participle of shed.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈblʌdˌʃɛd/
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Noun[edit]

bloodshed (usually uncountable, plural bloodsheds)

  1. (literally) The shedding or spilling of blood.
  2. A slaughter; destruction of life, notably on a large scale.
  3. (obsolete) The shedding of one's own blood; specifically, the death of Christ.
  4. (obsolete) A bloodshot condition or appearance; an effusion of blood in the eye.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “bloodshed”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Further reading[edit]

  • bloodshed in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911

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