Adjective "sanguinary" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Involving or causing much bloodshed.
  1. 'Specifically, it might inspire them to revisit the politically arduous and philosophically complex struggle whereby modern liberalism overcame the sanguinary terror of religious conflict in post-Reformation Europe.'
  2. 'There are few more gruesome and sanguinary spectacles than a Tory leadership struggle: one lasting eight months is uncharted territory - a marathon of fear, loathing and betrayal.'
  3. 'This week, however, the fighting was particularly sanguinary, with reported casualties being suffered on both sides.'


1. full of or characterized by bloodshed; bloody: a sanguinary struggle.

2. ready or eager to shed blood; bloodthirsty.

3. composed of or marked with blood.

More examples(as adjective)

"sapphicses can be sanguinary."

"revenges can be sanguinary."

"intolerances can be sanguinary."

"hands can be sanguinary."

"fanaticses can be sanguinary."

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Middle English (in the sense ‘relating to blood’): from Latin sanguinarius, from sanguis, sanguin- ‘blood’.