Bloody vs Sanguineous - What's the difference?

bloody | sanguineous |

As adjectives the difference between bloody and sanguineous

is that bloody is covered in blood while sanguineous is accompanied by bloodshed; bloody.

As an adverb bloody

is (au|nz|british|mildly|vulgar) used to intensify what follows this adverb.

As a verb bloody

is to draw blood from one's opponent in a fight.



Alternative forms

* bloudy (obsolete)


  • Covered in blood.
  • All that remained of his right hand after the accident was a bloody stump.
  • * , Act 5, Scene 1, 2008 [1947], Forgotten Books, page 84,
  • And, as she fled, her mantle she did fall, / Which Lion vile with bloody mouth did stain.
  • * 2011 , , analysis of Act 2 Scene 1, 100,
  • They plan to walk to the market-place, showing their bloody hands and swords and declaring ‘Peace, freedom and liberty!’
  • Characterised by bloodshed.
  • There have been bloody battles between the two tribes.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Some bloody passion shakes your very frame.
  • * 1845 , , 2008, page 5,
  • I had therefore been, until now, out of the way of the bloody scenes that often occurred on the plantation.
  • * 2007 , Lucinda Mallows, Lucy Mallows, Slovakia: The Bradt Travel Guide , page 169,
  • The story of Elizabeth Bathory is one of the bloodiest in history.
  • (AU, NZ, UK, colloquial, mildly, vulgar, not comparable) Used as an intensifier.
  • * 1994 , , Lord of Chaos , page 519,
  • Try to keep those bloody' women's '''bloody''' heads on their ' bloody shoulders by somehow helping them make this whole mad impossible scheme actually work.
  • * 2003 , , page 64,
  • You are not to go asking anyone about who killed that bloody dog.
  • * 2007 , James MacFarlane, Avenge My Kin , Book 2: A Time of Testing, page 498,
  • “You bloody fool, I could?ve stabbed you in the heart,” David said in mock anger, and then smiled widely.


    * (covered in blood) bleeding, bloodied, gory, sanguinolent * (intensifier) bally, blasted, bleeding (chiefly British cockney), blinking, blooming, damn, damned, dang, darned, doggone, flaming, freaking, fricking, frigging, fucking, goddam / goddamn, goddamned, godforsaken (rare), wretched, rotten * See also

    Derived terms

    * bloody hell * bloody oath * bloody mary * bloody warrior * give someone a bloody nose


    (en adverb)
  • (AU, NZ, British, mildly, vulgar) Used to intensify what follows this adverb.
  • 1994:' '', 109 - "Dice are no ' bloody good," David said.


    * bloody well * bally, blasted, bleeding, blooming


  • To draw blood from one's opponent in a fight.
  • To demonstrably harm the cause of an opponent.
  • sanguineous



    (en adjective)
  • Accompanied by bloodshed; bloody
  • Eager for bloody violence; bloodthirsty