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or bloodshedding

[bluhd-shed] /ˈblʌdˌʃɛd/
destruction of life, as in war or murder; slaughter.
the shedding of blood by injury, wound, etc.
Origin of bloodshed
blood + shed2 Unabridged
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  • You had better pray for him to die, then there will be no bloodshed.

  • Once let them get drunk on buza, and there's certain to be bloodshed.'

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • The century, that opened with war and bloodshed, closed in peace such as Cheshire had hardly ever before experienced.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • In his life of turmoil and bloodshed he had halted to secure for her the right to a principality.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • A civil war, commencing in sarcasm and ending in bloodshed, may be caused by a ridiculous manifestation.

    History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
British Dictionary definitions for bloodshed


slaughter; killing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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