Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bought or obtained at the expense of life or by the shedding of blood, as in the crucifixion of Christ.

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Examples

  • Racial profiles, our blood-bought right to vote trashed in Florida, Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima—and how many more must Texas drag behind the cruel velocity of her contempt?

    Life Lit by Some Large Vision

  • Will you repeat the mistake of your fathers, who sinned ignorantly? or will you profit by the blood-bought wisdom all round you, and forever expel every vestige of the old abomination from our national borders?

    Rhetoric of Freedom

  • What if he didn't resist that temptation to resort to blood-bought power?

    The White Gryphon

  • I do not believe that in any army of the world could be found a more gallant and soldierly body of fighters than the officers and men of the First, Third, Sixth, Ninth, and Tenth United States Cavalry, beside whom we marched to blood-bought victory under the tropic skies of Santiago.

    The Rough Riders

  • And land and mansions blood-bought come at too high a cost.

    Magic's Price

  • Arise in your strength and crush the monster abolitionism, that threatens your blood-bought liberties.

    A Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin or, An Essay on Slavery

  • Commending these arguments to the candid consideration of every friend to his country, we may be permitted to express the hope that they will redound, not only to the perpetuity of our blood-bought liberties, but to the glory of God, and the good of all men.

    Cotton is King, and Pro-Slavery Arguments Comprising the Writings of Hammond, Harper, Christy, Stringfellow, Hodge, Bledsoe, and Cartrwright on This Important Subject

  • With that deep and horrible cunning which is so often united to unprincipled ignorance, he had almost involved in his fate another vagrant with whom he had chanced to consort, and to whom he had disposed of some of the blood-bought spoils.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 374, June 6, 1829

  • It is not simply the will of God in the sense that he desires us to have this experience, but it is truly a blood-bought inheritance, provided and willed by our Father through Jesus Christ to every child of God.

    Sanctification

  • Dear reader, have you attained it, or are you yet living beneath your blood-bought privilege?

    Sanctification

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