bloodletting vs bloodshed what difference

what is difference between bloodletting and bloodshed

English

Alternative forms

  • blood-letting

Etymology

blood +‎ letting

Noun

bloodletting (plural bloodlettings)

  1. (historical, medicine) The archaic practice of treating illness by removing some blood, believed to be tainted, from the stricken person.
    Synonym: bleeding
  2. (by extension) The diminishment of any resource with the hope that this will lead to a positive effect.
    Yet another round of corporate bloodletting.
  3. A circumstance, such as a battle, where a large amount of blood is likely to be spilled through violence.

Related terms

  • bloodlet

Translations

Verb

bloodletting

  1. present participle of bloodlet


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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