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Definition of "sanguinary" [san•gui•na•ry]

  • Accompanied by bloodshed. (adjective)
  • Eager for bloodshed; bloodthirsty. (adjective)
  • Consisting of blood. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sanguinary" in a sentence
  • "The despair of the flying Goths found some consolation in sanguinary revenge; and three hundred youths of the noblest families, who had been sent as hostages beyond the Po, were inhumanly slain by the successor of Totila."
  • "April morning to recall the sanguinary history of the Glen."
  • "At the same time, under the influence of Adelaide's nervous nature, the vices which in the father assumed a kind of sanguinary frankness were in the son tinged with an artfulness full of hypocrisy and cowardice."