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eager to shed blood; murderous:
to capture a bloodthirsty criminal.
enjoying or encouraging bloodshed or violence, especially as a spectator or clamorous partisan:
the bloodthirsty urgings of the fight fans.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

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adjective -thirstier, -thirstiest
murderous; cruel
taking pleasure in bloodshed or violence
describing or depicting killing and violence; gruesome: a bloodthirsty film


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