bloodbath vs bloodshed what difference

what is difference between bloodbath and bloodshed

English

Alternative forms

  • blood bath

Etymology

Coined in 1867. Compound of blood +‎ bath, the latter used referring to a metaphorical deluge. Compare West Frisian bloedbad (bloodbath), Dutch bloedbad (bloodbath), German Blutbad (bloodbath), Danish blodbad (bloodbath), Norwegian Bokmål blodbad (bloodbath), Swedish blodbad (bloodbath), Icelandic blóðbad (bloodbath).

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈblʌdˌbæθ/

Noun

bloodbath (plural bloodbaths)

  1. Indiscriminate killing or slaughter, a massacre.
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[2]
      In movie terms, it suggests Paul Verhoeven in Robocop/Starship Troopers mode, an R-rated bloodbath where the grim spectacle of children murdering each other on television is bread-and-circuses for the age of reality TV, enforced by a totalitarian regime to keep the masses at bay.
  2. (sports) An aggressive or very violent contest or confrontation.
  3. (figuratively) An upset (as of a game with unexpected results, or a national presidential convention) or heavy defeat.
  4. (figuratively, business) A large financial loss or massive layoff brought about by negative economic conditions.
  5. A bath taken in warm blood used as a restorative or medical treatment.

Translations



English

Alternative forms

  • bloudshed (obsolete)

Etymology

From attested early forms of such phrases as “there was much blood shed“; equivalent to blood +‎ shed, past participle of shed.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈblʌdˌʃɛd/

Noun

bloodshed (usually uncountable, plural bloodsheds)

  1. (literally) The shedding or spilling of blood.
  2. A slaughter; destruction of life, notably on a large scale.
  3. (obsolete) The shedding of one’s own blood; specifically, the death of Christ.
  4. (obsolete) A bloodshot condition or appearance; an effusion of blood in the eye.

Synonyms

  • bloodletting
  • bloodbath, carnage

Related terms

  • bloodshedder
  • bloodshedding

Translations

References

Further reading

  • bloodshed in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • shed blood

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