Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Savage, indiscriminate killing; a massacre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Indiscriminate slaughter; the killing of multiple persons.
  • noun Substantial losses by many people, as in a mass termination of employment or widespread financial loss.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Indiscriminate killing or slaughter.
  • noun figuratively An upset (as of a game with unexpected results.)

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

  • noun indiscriminate slaughter

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Coined in 1867. Compound of blood and bath, the latter used to refer in the metaphorical sense to a deluge of a thing.

Examples

  • In the final showdown Sawyer must fight for his life in bloodbath duel vs. tagteam Tom Sawyer (Daddy Lock) himself and Danny Pickett.

    The Tail Section » Rumor Control - LOST Game on Target

  • But the specter of a midterm bloodbath that could cost Democrats their majority has focused chairmen's attention on the need to promote the work of those on the lower rungs - lest they lose their gavels.

    Top Stories from CQ

  • Rep. Marion Berry's parting shot, published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette [no link, subscription only] offers a warning to moderate Democrats and border state moderates - warning of a midterm bloodbath comparable to the 54-seat D-to-R swing in 1994.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Rep. Marion Berry's parting shot, published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette [no link, subscription only] offers a warning to moderate Democrats and border state moderates - warning of a midterm bloodbath comparable to the 54-seat D-to-R swing in 1994.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Rep. Marion Berry's parting shot, published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette [no link, subscription only] offers a warning to moderate Democrats and border state moderates - warning of a midterm bloodbath comparable to the 54-seat D-to-R swing in 1994.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • But the specter of a midterm bloodbath that could cost Democrats their majority has focused chairmen's attention on the need to promote the work of those on the lower rungs - lest they lose their gavels.

    Top Stories from CQ

  • But the specter of a midterm bloodbath that could cost Democrats their majority has focused chairmen's attention on the need to promote the work of those on the lower rungs - lest they lose their gavels.

    Top Stories from CQ

  • Rep. Marion Berry's parting shot, published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette [no link, subscription only] offers a warning to moderate Democrats and border state moderates - warning of a midterm bloodbath comparable to the 54-seat D-to-R swing in 1994.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • But the specter of a midterm bloodbath that could cost Democrats their majority has focused chairmen's attention on the need to promote the work of those on the lower rungs - lest they lose their gavels.

    Top Stories from CQ

  • Rep. Marion Berry's parting shot, published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette offers a warning to moderate Democrats and border state moderates - warning of a midterm bloodbath comparable to the 54-seat D-to-R swing in 1994.

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