bloodletting bloodletting  /b ˈləd ˌlɛ tɪŋ/


  1. (n) formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)
  2. (n) indiscriminate slaughter



  1. Observers believe the only way for the authorities to avoid further bloodletting will be via firm action to prevent the organization of mobs.
  2. Don Listwin remembers the day in November 2000 when his company's bloodletting went from metaphor to messy reality.
  3. It was founded by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician who was horrified by such standard therapies of his day as bloodletting, purging and blistering.


  1. Mets demote Ike, 2 others as Fish stench fills up Citi

    It was a day of absolute ugliness at Citi Field, and it ended with an organizational bloodletting. After the Mets dropped their second straight game to the atrocious Marlins — this one an 8-4, 10-inning disaster — manager Terry Collins delivered a stern postgame message to his team and general manager Sandy...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: New York Post

  2. Japan Is Rallying After The Jobs Report

    Bloodletting ceases.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Business Insider via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Attleboro ready to spend almost $1 million for police, fire equipment upgrades

    ATTLEBORO - With the horrific bloodletting of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings still fresh in his mind, Police Chief Kyle Heagney asked the mayor earlier this spring to buy special body armour and helmets in case city police are ever confronted with a maniac shooting and killing at will.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: The Sun Chronicle

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  1. "The crisis is political, and it is the politicians who must try to prevent more violence and bloodletting. The terrorist acts are a reflection of the lack of political accord," al-Maliki said.
    on Nov 25, 2006 By: Nouri al-Maliki Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "I condemn it, and I am ready to work to stop this bloodletting," said Madani Mezrag.
    on Apr 17, 2007 By: Abassi Madani Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "It is good that the bloodletting, especially in Gaza, has been stopped but there is a difficult stretch in front of us," Merkel said after meeting with Abbas in Berlin before the Palestinian leader flew to Brussels.
    on Feb 22, 2007 By: Angela Merkel Source: International Herald Tribune

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