Sanguinary vs Homicide - What's the difference?

sanguinary | homicide |

As an adjective sanguinary

is (label) attended with bloodshed.

As a noun sanguinary

is a bloodthirsty person.

As a verb homicide is





(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 .
  • homicide



    (wikipedia homicide) (en noun)
  • (uncountable) The killing of one person by another, whether premeditated or unintentional.
  • (countable) A person who kills another.
  • (countable, US, police jargon) A victim of homicide; a person who has been unlawfully killed by someone else.
  • * 1996 , A J Holt, Watch Me []:
  • “She was a hippie kid. How hard would you work a case like that?”
    “As hard as anyone else,” said Goddard. There was an irritated note in his voice. “She was a homicide'. She got what every ' homicide investigation gets.”
  • * 2003 , Ellen Perry Berkeley, Keith's People (ISBN 1930859449), page 58:
  • We don't even know the woman was a homicide . Didn't they say it was possible they both jumped?
  • * 2004 , Jon Talton, Dry Heat (ISBN 0312333854), page 40:
  • The medical examiner was behind on autopsies and cranky, so we didn't even know if the old guy in the pool was a homicide .


    * (unlawful killing of a person by another) assassination, killing, first-degree murder (US; intentional''), manslaughter (''unintentional''), murder (''intentional''), second-degree murder (''US; unintentional ) * (person who unlawfully kills another person) assassin, killer, man-slayer, murderer * (victim of homicide) murder victim

    Derived terms

    * homicidal * culpable homicide

    See also

    * filicide * familicide * feticide * fratricide * genocide * infanticide * mariticide * matricide * parricide * patricide * populicide * prolicide * regicide * sororicide * suicide * unlawful death * uxoricide ----