Bloodshed vs Massacre - What's the difference?
As a noun bloodshed
is the shedding or spilling of blood.
As a verb massacre is
* bloudshed (obsolete)
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.
* bloodbath, carnage
* massacer (archaic)
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
* 1593 , , The Tragedy of Richard the Third
- Amritsar''' '''massacre
- The tyrannous and bloody act is done,—
- The most arch deed of piteous massacre
(figuratively) An overwhelming defeat.
- That ever yet this land was guilty of.
* 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