Bloodshed vs Massacre - What's the difference?

bloodshed | massacre |

As a noun bloodshed

is the shedding or spilling of blood.

As a verb massacre is




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





    Alternative forms

    * massacer (archaic)


    (en noun)
  • The intentional killing of a considerable number of human beings, under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty, or contrary to the norms of civilized people.
  • the massacre on St. Bartholomew's Day
    St. Valentine's Day''' '''massacre
    Amritsar''' '''massacre
  • (obsolete) Murder.
  • * 1593 , , The Tragedy of Richard the Third
  • The tyrannous and bloody act is done,—
    The most arch deed of piteous massacre
    That ever yet this land was guilty of.
  • (figuratively) An overwhelming defeat.
  • Synonyms

    * butchery, carnage, slaughter. *: Massacre denotes the promiscuous slaughter of many who can not make resistance, or much resistance. *:* 1592 , , Titus Andronicus, I,v *:*: I'll find a day to massacre them all, And raze their faction and their family *: Butchery refers to cold-blooded cruelty in the killing of men as if they were brute beasts. *:* 1593 , , Richard III, I,ii *:*: If thou delight to view thy heinous deeds, Behold this pattern of thy butcheries *: Carnage points to slaughter as producing the heaped-up bodies of the slain. *:* 1674 , , Paradise Lost *:*: Such a scent I draw Of carnage , prey innumerable!


  • To kill in considerable numbers where much resistance can not be made; to kill with indiscriminate violence, without necessity, and contrary to the norms of civilized people; to butcher; to slaughter.
  • * 1849 , , The History Of England From the Accession of James II
  • If James should be pleased to massacre' them all, as Maximilian had ' massacred the Theban legion
  • (figuratively)