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[bluhd-thur-stee] /ˈblʌdˌθɜr sti/
eager to shed blood; murderous:
to capture a bloodthirsty criminal.
enjoying or encouraging bloodshed or violence, especially as a spectator or clamorous partisan:
the bloodthirsty urgings of the fight fans.
Origin of bloodthirsty
1525-35; blood + thirsty
Related forms
bloodthirstily, adverb
bloodthirstiness, noun
1. homicidal, savage, brutal, bloody; merciless, pitiless. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bloodthirsty
  • Promoters of this often present this with a bloodthirsty glee.
  • Be the leaders never so bloodthirsty, the common people have had enough of fighting.
  • Stock-car fans are sometimes caricatured as bloodthirsty, eagerly awaiting the next spectacular crash.
  • As spectators become less knowledgeable about the games they watch, they become more sensation-minded and bloodthirsty.
  • Disheartening seeing bloodthirsty barbarians trying to rationalize execution.
  • Appreciation of the spin bowler's art separates the cerebral fan from the bloodthirsty.
  • Not to make the other team feel good or his players feel good or even the bloodthirsty alums feel good.
  • The responsibility is likely to make him surly, if not downright bloodthirsty.
  • Due to their size, striking features and bloodthirsty habits, horse flies and deer flies seldom go unnoticed.
  • There they are safe from all invaders except the bloodthirsty mink.
British Dictionary definitions for bloodthirsty


adjective -thirstier, -thirstiest
murderous; cruel
taking pleasure in bloodshed or violence
describing or depicting killing and violence; gruesome: a bloodthirsty film
Derived Forms
bloodthirstily, adverb
bloodthirstiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bloodthirsty

also blood-thirsty, 1530s (Coverdale, Ps. xxv:9), from blood (n.) + thirsty (adj.). Ancient Greek had a similar image in haimodipsos. Related: Bloodthirstiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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