• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bloody having or covered with or accompanied by blood "a bloody nose","your scarf is all bloody","the effects will be violent and probably bloody","a bloody fight"
    • adj bloody informal intensifiers "what a bally (or blinking) nuisance","a bloody fool","a crashing bore","you flaming idiot"
    • adv bloody extremely "you are bloody right","Why are you so all-fired aggressive?"
    • v bloody cover with blood "bloody your hands"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Student Robert Ricketts, 19, had his head bloodied when he was struck by a Conrail train. He told police he was trying to see how close to the moving train he could place his head without getting hit.
    • Bloody Attended with, or involving, bloodshed; sanguinary; esp., marked by great slaughter or cruelty; as, a bloody battle.
    • Bloody Containing or resembling blood; of the nature of blood; as, bloody excretions; bloody sweat.
    • Bloody Given, or tending, to the shedding of blood; having a cruel, savage disposition; murderous; cruel. "Some bloody passion shakes your very frame."
    • Bloody Infamous; contemptible; -- variously used for mere emphasis or as a low epithet.
    • Bloody Smeared or stained with blood; as, bloody hands; a bloody handkerchief.
    • v. t Bloody To stain with blood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Edney Raphael, 39, running from a stabbing in Philadelphia with a bloody knife in his hand, was captured following a foot chase; he had turned his head to see where the officers were and run smack into a parking meter.
    • bloody Of, of the nature of, or pertaining to blood; containing or composed of blood: as, a bloody stream; “bloody drops,”
    • bloody Existing in the blood.
    • bloody Stained with blood; exhibiting signs or traces of blood: as, a bloody knife.
    • bloody Of the color of blood; blood-red.
    • bloody Cruel; murderous; given to the shedding of blood, or having a cruel, savage disposition.
    • bloody Attended with or committing bloodshed; marked by cruelty: as, a bloody battle.
    • bloody Concerned with or portending bloodshed; sanguinary.
    • bloody In low language: Excessive; atrocious; heinous: as, he's a bloody fool, or a bloody rascal.
    • bloody Used as an intensive expletive, especially in negative expressions: as, there wasn't a bloody soul there.
    • bloody Same as badge of Ulster. See badge.
    • bloody To stain with blood.
    • bloody Very; exceedingly; desperately: as, “bloody drunk,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bloody of the nature of blood: stained with blood: murderous, cruel: vulgarly, as an adj. emphasising anger or the like: as an adv. employed as a mere intensive—most prob. from the habits of the 'bloods' about the beginning of the 18th century (Etheredge, 'bloody-drunk')
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  • Martin Luther
    “No one need think that the world can be ruled without blood. The civil sword shall and must be red and bloody.”
  • Thomas Traherne
    “I will not by the noise of bloody wars and the dethroning of kings advance you to glory: but by the gentle ways of peace and love.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats, none knew so well as I: for he who lives more lives than one more deaths than one must die.”
  • John Gay
    “Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.”
  • Wendy Cope
    Wendy Cope
    “Bloody men are like bloody buses -- you wait for about a year and as soon as one approaches your stop two or three others appear.”
  • William Ernest Henley
    William Ernest Henley
    “In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud: Under the bludgeoning of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed.”


Scream bloody murder - If you scream bloody murder, you protest loudly and angrily, or scream in fear.
Yell bloody murder - (USA) If someone yells bloody murder, they protest angrily and loudly, or scream in fear.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. blōdig,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blód—root blówan, to bloom; cog. with Old. Fris. blód, Ger. blut.


In literature:

Roused, apparently, to madness by their bloody work, the Otaheitans now rushed in a body to Brown's garden.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
They had been participators in the bloody work.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
Who would have selected this lovely valley as the scene of one of the most bloody struggles ever recorded?
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
That was just where the whole bloody business began.
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
I'll beat bloody hell out of the horse if I like, an' you won't say one word, see?
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
There occurred, in the late afternoon, a bloody fight between forces not large, and fairly matched.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Wonder what's their bloody lay.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Many were the towns that suffered from the bloody visitations of Morgan and his men.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
It is necessary now to particularize the most conspicuous persons who laid down their lives in martyrdom in this bloody persecution.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
In such an out-of-the-way place he has felt confident of concealing the body, and along with it the bloody deed.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

The red torch of the Jokul,
Aloft in icy space,
Shone down on the bloody Horg-stones
And the statue's carven face.
"The Dole Of Jarl Thorkell" by John Greenleaf Whittier
How stupid we, who can forget,
With gardens in our sight,
His agonies and bloody sweat,
In that tremendous night.
"The Garden" by John Newton
The bloody end of the skein
That unravelled your marriage,
Left your children echoing
Like tunnels in a labyrinth.
"The Minotaur" by Ted Hughes
Straightway from that bloody sod,
Where the trampling horsemen trod--
Lifted to the arms of God;
--Slain in battle!
"Beechenbrook - X" by Margaret Junkin Preston
As one that lives in shewe
But inwardly doth die,
Whose knowledge is a bloody field
Wheare all hope slaine doth lie;
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
Five kinges of paynims I did kill
Amidst that bloody strife;
Besides the Grecian emperour,
Who alsoe lost his liffe.
"The Legend of King Arthur" by Thomas Percy

In news:

Bloody knife fight left one victim barely alive.
Confrontation between two men over marital infidelity ends in bloody knife fight .
INTERVIEWS Listen to High on Fire's Savage 'Bloody Knuckles '.
I pounded my fists slowly against a large rock, leaving bloody stains, each looking like half a heart.
The American capital is sprawling, fractured, squalid, colored by patriotism and treason, and deeply divided along the political lines that will soon embroil the nation in bloody conflict.
Wounded and bloody, the girl in denim capris and the boy in blue surfing shorts are having trouble mastering their fake accents.
After a week filled with news of bloody pit bull attacks, the breed is back in the spotlight Tuesday.
Additionally officers did say they found a blood trail and bloody clothing in the park.
Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed defiantly to "live and die" in Syria, saying in an interview broadcast Thursday that he will never flee his country despite the bloody, 19-month-old uprising against him.
Bloody, wounded walking dead will stumble through Fresno, Oakhurst and Clovis in the coming weeks, part of a raging zombie pop-culture phenomenon.
' Lollipop Chainsaw' game is bloody ridiculous.
INTERVIEWS Boris, Shonen Knife Cover My Bloody Valentine on Japanese Tribute 'Yellow Loveless '.
BLOODY GOOD FOOD "You eat meat, so why not blood".
The Union's Bloody Miscue at Spotsylvania's Muleshoe.
Watch Moonface 's Blood-Freezing 'Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips'.

In science:

Finally, the vampire bat shares his bloody meal with roost-mates that are close to starvation.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
There are some problems, including temperature fluctuations and the calibration of R23 (which I sometimes think of like Macbeth as ‘Bloody instructions which, being taught, return to plague the inventor’!), but there is quite good agreement with young stars (Table 1.1).
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