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- n. The potter's field, said to have lain south of Jerusalem, purchased with the bribe which Judas took for betraying his master, and therefore called the field of blood.
- n. A field of bloodshed.
So that we may rather admire, that the Lord hath not made such inquisition for blood, as to make our land an aceldama, than that we are yet under a dispensation of divine forbearance.
Turn it which way you will, it rolls into the primrose path of dalliance, whose objective point is the aceldama.
And this, then, was the regiment -- a regiment already for some hours glorified and hallowed to the ear of all London, as lying stretched, by a large majority, upon one bloody aceldama -- in which the young trooper served whose mother was now talking in a spirit of such joyous enthusiasm.
All known and respectable publishers having declined any connexion with the work, the writers had facetiously resorted to this _aceldama_, or slaughtering quarter of London -- to these vast shambles, as typical, I suppose, of their own slaughtering spirit.
Christendom should be a field of blood, an aceldama, beyond other places of the world, that where the gospel is pretended to be received, that men have so far put off even humanity, as thus to bite and devour one another.
_aceldama_, though all was done that could be to save life and alleviate suffering.
Thirteen Months in the Rebel Army Being a Narrative of Personal Adventures in the Infantry, Ordnance, Cavalry, Courier, and Hospital Services; With an Exhibition of the Power, Purposes, Earnestness, Military Despotism, and Demoralization of the South
Latterly, indeed, it had become apparent that entire winter campaigns, without either formal suspensions of hostilities, or even partial relaxations, had entered professedly as a point of policy into the system of warfare which now swept over Germany in full career, threatening soon to convert its vast central provinces -- so recently blooming Edens of peace and expanding prosperity -- into a howling wilderness; and which had already converted immense tracts into one universal aceldama, or human shambles, reviving to the recollection at every step the extent of past happiness in the endless memorials of its destruction.
"wings with dreadful shade contiguous," and fills the land with tears of blood -- you look over this frightful _aceldama_ and mourn at the soul-chilling spectacle.
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