What does the word bloodthirsty mean?

Usage examples for bloodthirsty

  1. Septimius could not but smile within himself at this warlike and bloody counsel; and, joining it with some similar exhortations from Aunt Keziah, he was inclined to think that women and clergymen are, in matters of war, the most uncompromising and bloodthirsty of the community. – Septimius Felton or, The Elixir of Life by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. The city of Gloucester execrated the bloodthirsty villains who had tried to deprive His Majesty of his just inheritance. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  3. Hodson was condemned by parliament and public opinion, while the bloodthirsty old assassin he had captured was treated as gently and as generously as if he had been a saint. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis