bloodbath

[bluhd-bath, -bahth]
noun, plural bloodbaths [bluhd-bathz, -bahthz, -baths, -bahths] .
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:
1865–70; blood + bath1

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bloodbath

noun
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" 
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Example sentences
Wherever it has existed, that existence required a bloodbath.
Even a postmodernist bloodbath is wet, sticky, and red.
But since the market bloodbath began at the beginning of the month, tech stocks
  have actually been a pretty good place to be.
Race is one of those areas where an epistemological deformation bloodbath on
  all sides seems to occur in my observation.
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