adjective Etymology: Latin sanguinarius, from sanguin-, sanguis blood Date: circa 1623 1. bloodthirsty, murderous <
sanguinary hatred
2. attended by bloodshed ; bloody <
this bitter and sanguinary war — T. H. D. Mahoney
3. consisting of blood <
a sanguinary stream
Synonyms: see bloodysanguinarily adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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