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

  • n. Savage, indiscriminate killing; a massacre.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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

  • n. indiscriminate slaughter


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



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