American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Bloodshed.
- n. The removal of blood, usually from a vein, as a therapeutic measure.
- n. The laying off of personnel or the elimination of resources.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, the act of letting blood or bleeding by opening a vein, as a remedial measure in the treatment of disease; phlebotomy.
- n. The archaic practice of treating illness by removing some blood, believed to be tainted, from the stricken person.
- n. By extension, the diminishment of any resource with the hope that this will lead to a positive effect.
- n. A circumstance such as a battle where a large amount of blood is likely to be spilled through violence.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) The act or process of letting blood or bleeding, as by opening a vein or artery, or by cupping or leeches; -- esp. applied to venesection.
- n. indiscriminate slaughter
- n. formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)
“The AMS blamed PM Allawi for what it characterized as the bloodletting in Fallujah: "The interim Government of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi bears full legal and historical responsibility for the war of annihilation Fallujah is exposed to today at the hands of the occupation forces and militias of some parties in the interim Government.”
“Certainly, Labour frontbenchers say that once the scale of the budgetary bloodletting is made explicit, they will have their best chance yet to win back disgruntled supporters.”
“His latest thinking, indicative of much more bloodletting, is spelled out in a brief commentary he just fired off to his newsletter subscribers.”
““A sharp rise in bloodletting between Shiites and minority Sunni Arabs has raised new fears of a slide to all-out civil war.””
“It's going to be one of those elections that 10 to 15 years from now people look back and point to as a midterm bloodletting," said Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Washington-based”
“For those who can still put two and two together, the Ft. Hood killings look like the beginning of a long term bloodletting in our country, an unnecessary travail we will be forced”
“Change will not come from recalling the bloodletting that Americans have engaged in.”
“The legacy of the bloodletting is a deeply flawed democracy that has been unable to keep Iraqis safe.”
“For example, one practice he claims increases longevity is bloodletting, which is regularly donating a significant amount of blood to get rid of excess iron in the body.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘bloodletting’.
Words only (I left out the expressions) from Geza Kerenyi's EN-HU interpreters' dictionary. Most of them pose some difficulty when interpreted between HU and EN in either or both directions.
Old-fashioned and obsolete treatments, medicines, etc.
A companion to my 'Antiquated Ailments' list.
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