Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Responsible for killing or slaughter: a bloodstained government.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Stained, spotted or otherwise discolored with blood.
  • adj. Having the color of something which has been stained with blood.
  • adj. Responsible for the deaths of others.
  • adj. By extension from sense #3, guilty of wrongdoing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. stained with blood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Stained with blood; guilty of bloodshed or slaughter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. covered with blood

Etymologies

blood +‎ stained (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He entered it and discovered a golden idol crusted with red jewels, which he called the bloodstained god.

    Conan of Cimmeria

  • In a communal grave so newly dug in bloodstained gorse and bracken.

    Never Forgotten Newsletter

  • The election alliance led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki - whose administration has been backed by Washington - called the court decision "bloodstained" by allowing suspected Saddam loyalists back into the political fold.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • The election alliance led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki -- whose administration has been backed by Washington -- called the court decision "bloodstained" by allowing suspected Saddam loyalists back into the political fold.

    seMissourian.com Headlines

  • Does Robert Spencer really expect us to pay attention to his deliberations of whether Christians are more of a threat to free societies than so-called 'Islamic jihadists', whether the Bible and the Q'ran contain violence, to consider whether the history of Christianity or Islam is more 'bloodstained', and why he believes Christianity is a religion of peace, but Islam is not.

    British Blogs

  • Det Supt Gradwell, who is best known for his investigation into the drowning of 23 Chinese cockle-pickers in Morecambe Bay, said the "bloodstained" bath had last been used in the 1920s and although an initial test - supported by the reaction of a sniffer dog - suggested the presence of blood, this was later discounted by a microscopic examination of the material.

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  • Some writers feel that every noun needs an adjective and you end up with an ungainly, shambling monster, reaching, ever reaching with bloodstained hands for the swollen brains of crying editors.

    Writing: Unfathomable Poetry « Colleen Anderson

  • “You open it,” I said, hiding my bloodstained fingers under the bedspread.

    The Dark Side of Innocence

  • His bloodstained cap was turned to the side on his head as though he had become a B-boy in the afterlife.

    Slice Of Cherry

  • Nauseated from the pain, Donovan refused to be evacuated and continued directing the attack, barking orders into the phone or scribbling them on a bloodstained message pad to be delivered to his battalion commanders.

    Wild Bill Donovan

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