• WordNet 3.6
    • n bloodletting indiscriminate slaughter "a bloodbath took place when the leaders of the plot surrendered","ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name","the valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder","a huge prison battue was ordered"
    • n bloodletting formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Barbers at one time combined shaving and haircutting with bloodletting and pulling teeth. The white stripes on a field of red that spiral down a barber pole represent the bandages used in the bloodletting.
    • n Bloodletting (Med) The act or process of letting blood or bleeding, as by opening a vein or artery, or by cupping or leeches; -- esp. applied to venesection.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: From the Middle Ages up until the end of the 19th century, barbers performed a number of medical duties including bloodletting, wound treatment, dentistry, minor operations and bone-setting. The barber's striped red pole originated in the Middle Ages, when it was a staff the patient would grip while the barber bled the patient.
    • n bloodletting In medicine, the act of letting blood or bleeding by opening a vein, as a remedial measure in the treatment of disease; phlebotomy.
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In literature:

The bloodletting of the knife wound was beginning to tell.
"The Patrol of the Sun Dance Trail" by Ralph Connor
This fever will cure him, they say it sobers like bloodletting.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
It is equivalent to the infusion of new blood to a body dilapidated by endless austerity and economic bloodletting.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
Let us be thankful that upon the main question of bloodletting we perfectly agree.
"Cobwebs From an Empty Skull" by Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
Bloodletting was to draw off bad blood so that it could be replaced by a better fluid.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Fetch the stick, and my driving-coat, into the pocket of which put my bloodletting instruments.
"The Nameless Castle" by Maurus Jókai
Bloodletting is supererogatory anyway, and serves merely to whet the appetite.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
They are aware of bloodletting, which they practise most indiscriminately.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Chandler, Z., his letter on a "little more bloodletting," 249.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
Bloodletting is as good in August as in May.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various

In news:

As the bloodletting in Syria carries on, President Bashar Assad's government doesn't have a lot of allies left.
'The Walking Dead' recap, 'Bloodletting': Hershel's hideaway.
Fewer slayings but bloodletting continues.
More USPS red ink to lead to bloodletting.
Iraq's Cycle Of Bloodletting Continues.
'The Walking Dead' recap, ' Bloodletting ': Hershel's hideaway.
Lam's latest (after Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures) is a masterfully paced exploration of a world convulsed by war, wherein faith and reason no longer hold sway.
In season two's second episode, 'Bloodletting,' the the AMC series's action sequences continue to thrill even as the writing continues to frustrate.
The incident has sparked a new spasm of sectarian bloodletting in this deeply divided northern Lebanese city, where the war in Syria has revived smoldering animosities.
WASHINGTON – The crack epidemic that began in the 1980s ushered in a wave of bloodletting in the nation's capital and a death toll that ticked upward daily.
The crack epidemic that began in the 1980s ushered in a wave of bloodletting in the nation's capital and a death toll that ticked upward daily.
'The Walking Dead' recap, 'Bloodletting': Hershel's hideaway .
The bloodletting has begun in the wake of the Maureen O'Connell loss in Nassau's special election earlier this week.
In this provocative, thorough examination of the final months of the war, American Experience looks at the escalation of bloodletting from the vantage points of both the Japanese and the Americans.
Prostitution, murder, and bloodletting, just in time for Valentine's Day.