Definitions

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  • n. The writing of polemical letters or articles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shedding or spilling of ink: a facetious imitation of bloodshed.

Etymologies

ink and bloodshed (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There has been a great inkshed, and a large expenditure of oratory, on the question of the origin of the Italian war of 1859; and, as usual, much nonsense has been written and said of and concerning the ambition of France and the encroachments of Sardinia.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 39, January, 1861

  • He smiled gravely as he thought of the inkshed that would come to pass in a _combat à l'outrance_ between the Three Dimensionists and the

    The Mummy and Miss Nitocris A Phantasy of the Fourth Dimension

  • By our electioneerings and Hansard Debatings, and ever-enduring tempest of jargon that goes on everywhere, we manage to settle that; to have it declared, with no bloodshed except insignificant blood from the nose in hustings-time, but with immense beershed and inkshed and explosion of nonsense, which darkens all the air, that the Right

    Latter-Day Pamphlets

  • Europeans can hardly understand this truly anomalous phase of our American institutions; they do not understand that it is characteristic that 'we speak daggers but use none'; that we fight with ballots and not with bullets; that we have abundance of inkshed and little bloodshed, and that all that is explosive is blown off through newspaper safety-valves.”

    Letters and Journals 02]

  • American institutions; they do not understand that it is characteristic that 'we speak daggers but use none'; that we fight with ballots and not with bullets; that we have abundance of inkshed and little bloodshed, and that all that is explosive is blown off through newspaper safety-valves. "

    Samuel F. B. Morse, His Letters and Journals In Two Volumes, Volume II

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