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

  • adj. Ready and willing to accept bloodshed or to resort to violence: "forging alliances with bloody-minded tyrants” ( Lewis H. Lapham).
  • adj. Chiefly British Perversely cantankerous: "The . . . unions . . . have never been as bloody-minded about demarcation as the shipbuilders” ( Spectator).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Eager for or wanting blood
  • adj. obstinate, stubborn

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a cruel, ferocious disposition; bloodthirsty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a cruel, ferocious disposition; barbarous; inclined to shed blood.

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

  • adj. marked by eagerness to resort to violence and bloodshed
  • adj. stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate


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  • This was no bloody-minded rebel screaming for the heads of his enemies but an honest farmer forced to take up arms to defend his country.

    George Washington’s First War

  • Look, the question is, are you interested in--is your idea of victory being creating an international consensus, or is it getting rid of this bloody-minded dictator, who has tyrannized his people for 42 years and set an example for the rest of the Arab world?

    9-9-9? Nein.

  • Also, you have to admire the bloody-minded preserverence of the folks over there at 97-100 "AAAAA" s.

    Boing Boing

  • Enter the Lords, bloody-minded and hellbent on mischief

    'New politics' claim a sham, senior Conservative MP warns David Cameron

  • Because thepolice were involved in the kidnapping disaster, and becausethe man in charge, Lawson, was subsequently imprisonedfor murder (a previous case of Karen's, though I don't think that this has been recorded in a book), and because he's bloody-minded and arrogant, Grant is keen to keep the police out of it this time round.

    Book review

  • It named the Tigers "terrorists" in 2006, while tacitly supporting the equally bloody-minded Sri Lankan government.

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  • The bloody-minded, phrase manifest, here, Last Stands having mediastisized.

    Alamo Rag

  • But grime wouldn't be grime without being "on a hype ting", or lunatic, bloody-minded optimism, as others might put it.

    Grime's still standing, better than anything

  • Gadhafi's downfall could prompt international pressure for "far stronger action against the even more bloody-minded Assad regime and its continued depredations," said Wayne White, a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington and a former senior State Department intelligence official.

    'Arab Spring' Gives Way to an Uncertain Autumn

  • He won in every conceivable manner, using guile, organizational skill, brute force and bloody-minded courage.

    Boardroom Conquerors


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