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[bluhd-shed] /ˈblʌdˌʃɛd/
destruction of life, as in war or murder; slaughter.
the shedding of blood by injury, wound, etc.
Also, bloodshedding.
Origin of bloodshed
blood + shed2 Unabridged
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  • Play also offers a means for establishing social hierarchy without bloodshed.
  • Similarly, physicians who oppose bloodshed must neither do surgery nor prescribe it.
  • It has resulted in much more injustice and bloodshed than the one above.
  • Even in their present state they were valuable enough to incite avarice and bloodshed.
  • Others were convinced that moving forward meant recapturing the past, even if it led to bloodshed.
  • While the reason for the ancient wars may be lost in the mists of time, the fierceness of the bloodshed is no longer in doubt.
  • It seemed impossible that these delicate pieces of paper could convey the fury and bloodshed of warfare.
  • And as you say, through all that bloodshed, it marked the birth of our nations.
  • Yes it will be bad, there will be bloodshed and a lot of pain.
  • The book ends in a way that is so preposterous that it does not even succeed in being horrible in spite of much bloodshed.
British Dictionary definitions for bloodshed


slaughter; killing
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Word Origin and History for bloodshed

also blood-shed, c.1500, "the shedding of (one's) blood," from verbal phrase (attested in late Old English), from blood (n.) + shed (v.). The sense of "slaughter" is much older (early 13c., implied in bloodshedding).

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