What does the word bloodshed mean?

Usage examples for bloodshed

  1. He had an affectionate disposition, was true to his friends, very capable of inspiring affection in others, disliked bloodshed, was always anxious to temper justice with mercy, preferred forgiveness to revenge, though, if the necessities of the case required it, he could be stern and could steel his heart against its generous promptings. – Rulers of India: Akbar by George Bruce Malleson
  2. I d'no how it will turn out and whether or not it will lead to bloodshed. – Samantha at the St. Louis Exposition by Marietta Holley
  3. That it would lead to bloodshed and general rebellion. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society