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    bloodletting - Dictionary definition and meaning for word bloodletting

    (noun) formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine) Definition
    (noun) indiscriminate slaughter
    Synonyms : battue , bloodbath , bloodshed
    Example Sentence
    • a bloodbath took place when the leaders of the plot surrendered
    • ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name
    • the valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder
    • a huge prison battue was ordered
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