• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sanguinary marked by eagerness to resort to violence and bloodshed "bloody-minded tyrants","bloodthirsty yells","went after the collaborators with a sanguinary fury that drenched the land with blood"-G.W.Johnson"
    • adj sanguinary accompanied by bloodshed "this bitter and sanguinary war"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sanguinary Attended with much bloodshed; bloody; murderous; as, a sanguinary war, contest, or battle. "We may not propagate religion by wars, or by sanguinary persecutions to force consciences."
    • Sanguinary Bloodthirsty; cruel; eager to shed blood. "Passion . . . makes us brutal and sanguinary ."
    • n Sanguinary (Bot) The yarrow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sanguinary Consisting of blood; formed of blood: as, a sanguinary stream.
    • sanguinary Bloody; attended with much bloodshed or carnage: as, a sanguinary encounter.
    • sanguinary Bloodthirsty; eager to shed blood; characterized by cruelty.
    • sanguinary Synonyms and Sanguinary, Bloody. Sanguinary refers to the shedding of blood, or pleasure in the shedding of blood;’ bloody refers to the presence or, by extension, the shedding of blood: as, a sanguinary battle; the sanguinary spirit of Jenghiz Khan; a bloody knife or battle.
    • n sanguinary The yarrow or milfoil: probably so called from its fabled use in stanching blood.
    • n sanguinary The bloodroot, Sanguinaria Canadensis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sanguinary bloody: attended with much blood-shed: bloodthirsty
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. herba sanguinaria, an herb that stanches blood: cf. F. sanguinaire,. See Sanguinary (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sanguineussanguis, sanguinis, blood.


In literature:

What the sanguinary niggers need is a shaking up.
"Great Sea Stories" by Various
It was throbbing with savage and sanguinary thoughts.
"Our Elizabeth" by Florence A. Kilpatrick
At the present moment, in the midst of a sanguinary conflict, they are blinded with passion and overflowing with enmity.
"The Continental Monthly, Volume V. Issue I" by Various
The voice that uttered this sanguinary menace was strange to my ears.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
I am not a sanguinary person.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
The battle was the most sanguinary fought during the war, considering the numbers engaged.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
We will just tap him; the crowd will roar with laughter; it will be damned amusing, and Rudd will look a most sanguinary ass.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Man's chief efforts in times of peace are devoted to making that process less violent and sanguinary.
"Damn!" by Henry Louis Mencken
The coats of the Yeomen, too, were of the most sanguinary red.
"Girlhood and Womanhood" by Sarah Tytler
It was easy to foresee, that he would not long remain alive in the hands of such barbarous and sanguinary enemies.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part B. From Henry III. to Richard III." by David Hume
The punishments were not all sanguinary: the king made his revenge subservient to his avarice.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary" by David Hume
This he did by repeatedly feeling of his head, and looking at his fingers for sanguinary results.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VI. (of X.)" by Various
The two opposing forces met within half a dozen yards of the water's edge, and then ensued a most desperate and sanguinary struggle.
"The Pirate Island" by Harry Collingwood
From these sanguinary symbols the vultures are well aware that the recumbent forms are neither asleep nor reposing.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
A most sanguinary outbreak was, therefore, every moment expected.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
The same sanguinary scene that we had witnessed at a distance was now to be enacted on board our vessel.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
A sanguinary encounter ensued.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Gifted with such tenacity of life and sanguinary fierceness of disposition, no wonder the grizzly bear is a dreaded creature.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
We fought none the less desperately on that account, and in the sanguinary conflict all my companions were slain.
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
In such canoes they went forth to war upon the water, and their sea-fights were not less sanguinary than those of the land.
"The Cannibal Islands" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

More mild than sanguinary man,
Whose servant thou hast prov'd,
Oft in his frantic battle's van
Thy bulk has stood unmoved:
"The Elephant" by William Hayley
Maltia. What shall I say? shall I, to others mute,
Announce to thee my sanguinary works?
Savage and silent, I
Would be loquatious in my deed alone.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 1. " by William Cowper
Red altars, kindling through that night of error,
Smoked with warm blood beneath the cruel eye
Of lawless Power and sanguinary Terror,
Throned on the circle of a pitiless sky;
"Worship" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There comes a certing gintlemen with razier, soap, and lather,
A shaving most respectfully the POPE, our Holy Father.
And now the dread consperracy I'll quickly to you show,
Which them sanguinary Prodestants did form against NONO.
"A Woeful New Ballad Of The Protestant Conspiracy To Take The Pope’s Life" by William Makepeace Thackeray
'Twas the Adjective that roused me, sanguinary and familiar,
That embellishes the diction of my fellow countrymen,
When they do commune together in regard to crops or weather -
Such a word as never, never shall defile this pious pen.
"The Woes of Bill" by C J Dennis
This Barley when unoccupied would fill my study chair,
And utilise much time, and take up space I could not spare,
To tell me of the deeds he’d done, his drinkings deep and vast,
And ladies who had loved him in his sanguinary past.
"The Happy Flatite" by Edward Dyson

In news:

Mexico's sanguinary drug war has taken a strange twist.
Gen John Schofield named this date as the start of a "desperate and sanguinary guerrilla war" across North Missouri.
Sanguinary, consanguine and sanguine are all quite different in their similarity, says Michael Tomasky.