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bloodcurdling

[bluhd-kurd-ling, -kur-dl-ing] /ˈblʌdˌkɜrd lɪŋ, -ˌkɜr dl ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
arousing terror; horrifying:
a bloodcurdling scream.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; blood + curdle + -ing2
Related forms
bloodcurdlingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for blood-curdling

bloodcurdling

/ˈblʌdˌkɜːdlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
terrifying; horrifying
Derived Forms
bloodcurdlingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for blood-curdling
adj.

also bloodcurdling, 1817, from blood (n.) + present participle of curdle. Also formerly with a noun form, bloodcurdler "incident which freezes the blood," especially "sensational story," 1877, slang; also in use in this sense was blood-freezer (1886).

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