I. adjective (bloodier; -est) Date: before 12th century 1. a. containing or made up of blood b. of or contained in the blood 2. smeared or stained with blood 3. accompanied by or involving bloodshed; especially marked by great slaughter 4. a. murderous b. merciless, cruel 5. bloodred 6. sometimes vulgar damned — often used as an intensive • bloodily adverbbloodiness noun Synonyms: bloody, sanguinary, gory mean affected by or involving the shedding of blood. bloody is applied especially to things that are actually covered with blood or are made up of blood <
bloody hands
. sanguinary applies especially to something attended by, or someone inclined to, bloodshed <
the Civil War was America's most sanguinary conflict
. gory suggests a profusion of blood and slaughter <
exceptionally gory, even for a horror movie
. II. transitive verb (bloodied; bloodying) Date: 1530 1. to make bloody or bloodred 2. harm, damage <
an administration bloodied by scandal
III. adverb Date: 1661 sometimes vulgar — used as an intensive

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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