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sanguinary

[sang-gwuh-ner-ee] /ˈsæŋ gwəˌnɛr i/
adjective
1.
full of or characterized by bloodshed; bloody:
a sanguinary struggle.
2.
ready or eager to shed blood; bloodthirsty.
3.
composed of or marked with blood.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin sanguinārius bloody. See sanguine, -ary
Related forms
sanguinarily, adverb
sanguinariness, noun
unsanguinarily, adverb
unsanguinariness, noun
unsanguinary, adjective
Can be confused
sanguinary, sanguine.
Synonyms
2. murderous, cruel, savage.
Antonyms
2. kind.
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  • The next flag attracted much attention from the fact that it was surrounded by revolutionary and sanguinary memories.
  • They have fought splendidly on many a sanguinary field, and bring home no ordinary share of military distinction.
British Dictionary definitions for sanguinary

sanguinary

/ˈsæŋɡwɪnərɪ/
adjective
1.
accompanied by much bloodshed
2.
bloodthirsty
3.
consisting of, flowing, or stained with blood
Derived Forms
sanguinarily, adverb
sanguinariness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sanguinārius
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Word Origin and History for sanguinary
adj.

"characterized by slaughter," 1620s, possibly from French sanguinaire, or directly from Latin sanguinarius "pertaining to blood," from sanguis (genitive sanguinis) "blood," of unknown origin. Latin distinguished sanguis, the generic word, from cruor "blood from a wound." The latter word is related to Greek kreas "meat," Sanskrit kravis- "raw flesh," Old English hreaw- "raw" (see raw).

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