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Bloodletting   /blˈədlˌɛtɪŋ/   Listen
Bloodletting

noun
1.
Formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine).
2.
Indiscriminate slaughter.  Synonyms: battue, bloodbath, bloodshed.  "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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Words linked to "Bloodletting" :   medical specialty, slaughter, bloodbath, bloodshed, mass murder, butchery, venesection, Dark Ages, carnage, medicine, phlebotomy, Middle Ages, medical care, medical aid, cupping, massacre



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