Bloodshed vs Sanguinary - What's the difference?

bloodshed | sanguinary |

As nouns the difference between bloodshed and sanguinary

is that bloodshed is the shedding or spilling of blood while sanguinary is a bloodthirsty person.

As a adjective sanguinary is

(label) attended with bloodshed.



Alternative forms

* bloudshed (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • The shedding or spilling of blood.
  • A slaughter; destruction of life, notably on a large scale.
  • (obsolete) The shedding of one's own blood; specifically, the death of Christ.
  • (obsolete) A bloodshot condition or appearance; an effusion of blood in the eye.
  • Synonyms

    * bloodletting * bloodbath, carnage






    (en adjective)
  • (label) Attended with bloodshed.
  • * 1625 , , "Unity in Religion" (Google preview):
  • We may not propagate religion by wars, or by sanguinary persecutions to force consciences.
  • * 1887 , :
  • " every one of which took its rise from some noble family that succeeded in grasping the purple after a sanguinary struggle."
  • (label) Eager to shed blood; bloodthirsty.
  • * :
  • Passion makes us brutal and sanguinary .
  • * 1877 , Samuel Green, The Life of Mahomet: Founder of the Religion of Islamism and of the Empire of the Saracens with Notices of the History of Islamism and of Arabia , p. 126:
  • "The defence set up for Mahomet is equally availing for every sanguinary and revengeful tyrant; "
  • (label) Consisting of, covered with, or similar in appearance to blood.
  • * 1913 , :
  • Here is the premeditation, the thrill, the strain of accumulating victory or disaster—and no smashed nor sanguinary bodies , that we who are old enough to remember a real modern war know to be the reality of belligerence.

    Usage notes

    * Not to be confused with (sanguine). (term) means “optimistic”, while (term) means “bloodthirsty, gory”.


    * (attended with bloodshed) bloody, gory * (eager to shed blood) bloodthirsty, bloody-minded, butcherous, slaughterous * bloody, gory


  • A bloodthirsty person.
  • The plant yarrow, or herba sanguinaria .