Definitions

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

  • n. The fact or state of being guilty of murder or bloodshed.

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  • n. guilt of wrongfully causing death or shedding blood

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

  • n. the state of being guilty of bloodshed and murder

Etymologies

blood +‎ guilt, since the 16th century. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Torah commands: “A man or a woman who has a ghost or a familiar spirit shall be put to death; they shall be pelted with stones - their bloodguilt shall be upon them” (Lev. 20: 27), in this the Rabbis find an allusion to the instance of Saul: the “man” alludes to Saul and “woman” to the female necromancer.

    Necromancer of Endor: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • In order to usurp the throne, David uses a three-year famine as a pretext to turn over the remaining seven eligible Saulide male heirs to the Gibeonites for ritual execution to atone for the bloodguilt Saul was supposed to have incurred against this group.

    Rizpah: Bible.

  • Even if I'm on the record as saying "I want you or somebody to kill him," the larger circumstances may ensure that outcome for me anyway, WITHOUT criminal bloodguilt attaching itself in MY case.

    LOSTCasts 55: The Brig

  • It was the one uncomplicated interval of his week, his month, the poker game—the one anticipation that was not marked by the bloodguilt tracings of severed connections.

    Falling Man

  • Before the planes, he used to play it on Wednesdays with six men at his apartment: "the one anticipation," DeLillo writes, "that was not marked by the bloodguilt tracings of severed connections."

    Racing Against Reality

  • There is a fundamental decency that seems self-evident to an increasingly large majority: “When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet on your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone should fall from it.”

    Bloodguilt

  • For the past few days, these lines from Deuteronomy 22:8 have been resounding in my head with the regularity of a heartbeat: “When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet on your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone should fall from it.”

    Arlene Goldbard » 2005 » September

  • “Set me free from these things because of the depth of your forgiveness” is what he meant by “Save me from bloodguilt.”

    What Works When Life Doesn’t

  • Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness….

    What Works When Life Doesn’t

  • I immediately thought of \Shoftim\ when I read this, of one particular passage: “When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone should fall from it.”

    Bloodguilt

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