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Synonyms for bloodletting

the savage killing of many victims

Synonyms for bloodletting

formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)

indiscriminate slaughter

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In many of the blood letting rites the boys were identified with women by equating, either explicitly or implicitly, penile incision and consequent loss of blood with women's menstruation, while the male initiators were identified with women as reproductive mothers through having made the novices' rebirth as mature men possible.
Basketball increasingly monopolized gym time and, well, it just wasn't Christian, what with all that shoving, yelling and occassional blood letting.
Not all roses deserve a reputation for being high maintenance and chemically dependent, even though if you go to a Rose Society meeting you might hear that roses don't grow well in average garden soil, need to be sprayed on a regular basis for bugs and diseases, and then require a blood letting in the fall when you prune them.
He said that India's Foreign and Interior ministers had admitted the involvement of extremist Hindu groups in the blood letting of Muslims but the Pakistani rulers had not the courage to protest over that.
Fresh from a stand-up row with his closest EU ally, Nicolas Sarkozy, the Prime Minister was plunged into Tory blood letting yesterday over its favourite obsession.
Islam as a religion insists on reforms and holding people responsible for their acts and does not condone aggressions or blood letting.
The Shoora said that blood letting was being allowed only to stay in power.
Like the Peasants' Revolt, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, the suffragettes, the poll tax protests, we will use our hard won democratic rights to resist the massive blood letting which the Tories have in store for us.