what is difference between bloodletting and bloodshed
blood + letting
bloodletting (plural bloodlettings)
- (historical, medicine) The archaic practice of treating illness by removing some blood, believed to be tainted, from the stricken person.
- Synonym: bleeding
- (by extension) The diminishment of any resource with the hope that this will lead to a positive effect.
- Yet another round of corporate bloodletting.
- A circumstance, such as a battle, where a large amount of blood is likely to be spilled through violence.
- present participle of bloodlet
- bloudshed (obsolete)
From attested early forms of such phrases as “there was much blood shed“; equivalent to blood + shed, past participle of shed.
- IPA(key): /ˈblʌdˌʃɛd/
bloodshed (usually uncountable, plural bloodsheds)
- (literally) The shedding or spilling of blood.
- A slaughter; destruction of life, notably on a large scale.
- (obsolete) The shedding of one’s own blood; specifically, the death of Christ.
- (obsolete) A bloodshot condition or appearance; an effusion of blood in the eye.
- bloodbath, carnage
- bloodshed in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- shed blood