Sanguinary vs Homicidal - What's the difference?

sanguinary | homicidal |


As adjectives the difference between sanguinary and homicidal

is that sanguinary is (label) attended with bloodshed while homicidal is of or pertaining to homicide, and particularly to one who commits such a crime as with a homicidal maniac .

As a noun sanguinary

is a bloodthirsty person.

sanguinary

English

Adjective

(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”.

    Synonyms

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

    Noun

    (sanguinaries)
  • A bloodthirsty person.
  • The plant yarrow, or herba sanguinaria .
  • homicidal

    English

    Adjective

    (head)
  • Of or pertaining to homicide, and particularly to one who commits such a crime as with a homicidal maniac .