Definitions

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

  • adj. Eager to shed blood.
  • adj. Characterized by great carnage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Eager to resort to violence.
  • adj. Characterized by massive bloodshed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Eager to shed blood; cruel; sanguinary; murderous; having a bloodlust.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Eager to shed blood; murderous: as, “his bloodthirstie blade,” ; “bloodthirsty lord,”

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

  • adj. marked by eagerness to resort to violence and bloodshed

Etymologies

From blood +‎ thirsty. Compare Dutch bloeddorstig ("bloodthirsty"), German blutdürstig ("bloodthirsty"), Danish blodtørstig ("bloodthirsty"), Swedish blodtörstig ("bloodthristy"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Maybe, but in the arts it takes more than just being good; it takes what I call bloodthirsty determination.

    Rain

  • They were doing their best to strike down the universal monarchy of Spain, which they described as a bloodthirsty, insatiable, insolent, absolute dominion of Saracenic, Moorish Christians.

    History of the United Netherlands, 1590a

  • Invocations, in bloodthirsty language, encouraged it to punish the guilty party.

    Fetishes As Fetish Does

  • Justices — Justiciary — whatever they call their bloodthirsty court, and save your sister from being murdered, and them from becoming murderers.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • When in bloodthirsty history did beauty ever save anyone from anything?

    Alexandr Solzhenitsyn - Nobel Lecture

  • --- Justiciary --- whatever they call their bloodthirsty court, and save your sister from being murdered, and them from becoming murderers.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Justices -- Justiciary -- whatever they call their bloodthirsty court, and save your sister from being murdered, and them from becoming murderers.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete

  • PETA connects the quintessential Inuit inuksuk symbol with a practice it describes as bloodthirsty, barbaric, orchestrated, merciless and horrifying.

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  • Rabbinic Judaism developed this last hint and created so many obstacles to execution that the Mishnah described as bloodthirsty a court that executed a man every seven years—every seventy years, objected Eliezer ben Azariah Makkot 7a.

    The 1,000-page morality tale

  • The ancient proverb, That bloodthirsty is the man who returns from banishment to power, had been applied, with too much truth, to ‘Marius and Tiberius; and was now verified for the third time in the life of Andronicus.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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