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bloodthirstiness

Definitions

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  • n. The characteristic of being bloodthirsty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Thirst for blood; a propensity for shedding blood; a desire to slay.

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

  • n. a disposition to shed blood

Etymologies

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Examples

  • As regards the question of Cetywayo's bloodthirstiness, which is so strenuously denied by his apologists, I cannot say that a careful study of the blue books bearing on the subject brings me to the same conclusion.

    Cetywayo and his White Neighbours Remarks on Recent Events in Zululand, Natal, and the Transvaal

  • He wanted her to call his bloodthirstiness bravery and his cruelty devotion.

    Heart of the West [Annotated]

  • To free these tribes from their bloodthirstiness was the greatest kindness, and to coerce and restrain them was a true mercy.

    Some Answered Questions

  • They seemed rather to be enjoying themselves, displaying a kind of bloodthirstiness which I had not as yet witnessed.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • "bloodthirstiness" of a mate who was, after all, but a normal girl of that day, and who, girl as she was, never for a moment faltered in the high courage with which she threw herself into that combat, responding to the passionate urge for freedom in her blood that not five centuries of inhuman persecution could subdue?

    The Airlords of Han

  • His viciousness is amped to naked bloodthirstiness.

    Paul Slansky: The Imminent Overness of Sarah Palin

  • For that we can thank the fortitude of American forces under George Washington, the siegecraft of French troops of Gen. Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, the count of Rochambeau - and the relentless bloodthirstiness of female Anopheles quadrimaculatus mosquitoes.

    Malarial mosquitoes helped defeat British in battle that ended Revolutionary War

  • Hastings had the courage and honesty to report the cowboy culture, the contempt for diplomatic processes, the bloodthirstiness that swirls around the old boy's club at the top.

    Rick Ayers: The Media and General McChrystal

  • Imagine the battles scaled down, the bloodthirstiness ramped up, and the quests made kind of pointless.

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • As the English scholar and diplomat Charles Bell has put it "The violence and bloodthirstiness of the epic hark back to a time before Buddhism had made its impact on Tibet, and when the Tibetans took joy in hunting, raiding and making war, especially on their neighbor China."

    Jamyang Norbu: Language, Identity & Revolution in Tibet

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