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

  • transitive v. To cover or stain with or as if with blood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to stain with blood

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To stain or cover with blood; to make bloody, or of a blood-red color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stain or cover with blood; smear with gore.
  • To color like blood; impart a crimson color to.


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  • His eyelids were inflamed, and but served to ensanguine the bitter and cold-blazing intensity of the pupils.

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  • But in the attempt to incarnate and ensanguine it I failed wretchedly.

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  • But because the blind boy's shaft, designed to work inward ever deeper and deeper until it reached the heart's core, did now but ensanguine itself, he made no cry nor any sign of that sweet hurt.

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  • Whether it be the boudoir of a strumpet or the death-bed of a monarch -- the strong character of a statesman-warrior abounding in contrasts and rich in mystery, or the personal history of a judge trained in the Old Bailey to vulgarize and ensanguine the King's Bench -- he luxuriates with a vigour and variety of language and illustration which renders his "History" an attractive and absorbing story-book.

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  • This would not cut his hat or ensanguine his band.

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  • Thy milder terrors, Night, I frequent woo, Thy silent lightnings, and thy meteor’s glare, Thy northern fires, bright with ensanguine hue, That light in heaven’s high vault the fervid air.

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  • "But at the same time, Sire, the chamber of representatives will not show itself less eager, to proclaim its sentiments and its principles with regard to the terrible conflict, that threatens to ensanguine the fields of Europe.

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  • ...for again in unensanguined billows hundreds of leagues away, his unsullied jet would once more be seen.

    -Melville, "Moby-Dick"

    June 4, 2009