from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing great horror; terrifying.

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  • adj. Causing great horror or terror.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. causing sudden intense fear due to an apprehension of imminent bodily harm, to oneself or others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely alarming


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  • According to Global Ontario, witnesses recalled a bloodcurdling scream and saw a young woman flee from the home early yesterday.

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  • Sleep terrors often begin with a "bloodcurdling" scream or shout, and cause behavior suggesting extreme terror, such as dilated pupils, rapid breathing, racing heart, sweating, and extreme agitation.


  • Germany, was called off after the "bloodcurdling" screams reported as a woman in distress were really the mating cries of a badger.

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  • Astrid let out a bloodcurdling scream as she was dragged backward, away from me and toward the door.


  • At one point, it can manifest bloodcurdling creatures to chase and taunt the boys, and then it seems to abandon all that to hide in a closet and snigger, then creep into the dreams of the boys and torture them psychologically ad nauseam.

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  • Contrary to the bloodcurdling claims made in public about the crimes of WikiLeaks, senior state department officials appeared to have concluded by mid-January that the WikiLeaks controversy had caused little real and lasting damage to American diplomacy.

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  • I grabbed it and dashed across the room just as Zane gave a bloodcurdling scream and I heard the rip of feathers.

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  • Heres what one expert says: Boys arent big fans of novels filled with sensitive, angst-filled, touchy-feely characters and flowery descriptions of scenery; they want stuff to happen, and if there are explosions, hand-to-hand combat, and bloodcurdling screams, thats even better.

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  • This bloodcurdling speech by longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi, which I listened to live on Al Jazeera on March 17th, proved to be one of the classic political backfires.

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