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bloodbath

[bluhd-bath, -bahth] /ˈblʌdˌbæθ, -ˌbɑθ/
noun, plural bloodbaths
[bluhd-bath z, -bahth z, -baths, -bahths] /ˈblʌdˌbæðz, -ˌbɑðz, -ˌbæθs, -ˌbɑθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a ruthless slaughter of a great number of people; massacre.
2.
Informal. a period of disastrous loss or reversal:
A few mutual funds performed well in the general bloodbath of the stock market.
3.
a widespread dismissal or purge, as of employees.
Also, blood bath.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; blood + bath1
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  • Wherever it has existed, that existence required a bloodbath.
  • Even a postmodernist bloodbath is wet, sticky, and red.
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  • Race is one of those areas where an epistemological deformation bloodbath on all sides seems to occur in my observation.
  • If you want to see the real bloodbath, wait until it's time to adopt textbooks using these new standards.
  • It will soon become clear whether the crackdown can stem the sectarian bloodbath.
  • His capture makes it less likely that the police invasion will turn into a bloodbath.
  • The bloodbath had come to an end in less than five minutes.
  • Restoring a richer context in which these battles are described and interpreted transforms the war into more than a bloodbath.
  • Then again, they were also blaming a five-year bloodbath on that same treatise.

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