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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sanguinary \San"gui*na*ry\, adjective [L. sanguinarius, fr. sanguis blood: cf. F. sanguinaire.]

1. Attended with much bloodshed; bloody; murderous; as, a sanguinary war, contest, or battle.

We may not propagate religion by wars, or by sanguinary persecutions to force consciences. --Bacon.

2. Bloodthirsty; cruel; eager to shed blood.

Passion . . . makes us brutal and sanguinary. --Broome.

Syn: Bloody; murderous; bloodthirsty; cruel.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sanguinary \San"gui*na*ry\, noun [L. herba sanguinaria an herb that stanches blood: cf. F. sanguinaire. See {Sanguinary}, a.] (Bot.) (a) The yarrow. (b) The Sanguinaria.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sanguinary

adjective

1: accompanied by bloodshed; "this bitter and sanguinary war" [syn: {gory}, {sanguinary}, {sanguineous}, {slaughterous}, {butcherly}]

2: marked by eagerness to resort to violence and bloodshed; "bloody-minded tyrants"; "bloodthirsty yells"; "went after the collaborators with a sanguinary fury that drenched the land with blood"-G.W.Johnson [syn: {bloodthirsty}, {bloody- minded}, {sanguinary}]


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