1. the shedding of blood resulting in murder

- he avenged the bloodshed of his kinsmen

Similar word(s): gore

Definition categories: act, execution, murder, slaying

2. indiscriminate slaughter

- a bloodbath took place when the leaders of the plot surrendered

- ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name

- the valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder

Similar word(s): battue, bloodbath, bloodletting

Definition categories: act, butchery, carnage, massacre, slaughter