Etymology
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bloodshed (n.)

also blood-shed, c. 1500, "the shedding of (one's) blood," from verbal phrase (attested in late Old English) -- e.g. "there was much blood shed" -- from blood (n.) + past participle of shed (v.). The sense of "slaughter" is much older (early 13c., implied in bloodshedding).

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Definitions of bloodshed

bloodshed (n.)
the shedding of blood resulting in murder;
he avenged the bloodshed of his kinsmen
Synonyms: gore
bloodshed (n.)
indiscriminate slaughter;
the valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder
Synonyms: bloodbath / bloodletting / battue
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