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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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It appears that successive Iraqi administrations are promoting sectarian ideology, which will divert the nation from the path of peaceful settlement to further sectarian blood-letting.
Yet their one bout of blood-letting - sacking the patently under-qualified and under-skilled Joe Kinnear (pictured below) from his director of football role - obscures an issue that is every bit as baffling as his appointment and subsequent sacking.
The failure of the international community, in particular the Security Council, to take concrete actions to stop the blood-letting, shames us all," Pillay said.
We are concerned over the plight and blood-letting in Kashmir.
While expressing his views with the Dunya News, former governor Balochistan Abdul Qadir Baloch said that blood-letting has been going on in Balochistan for three years and not a single convict could be arrested yet.
In Bahrain the autocratic ruling family invited in the troops of their equally autocratic Saudi neighbours, effectively sub-contracting the blood-letting to the Saudi''s with no hint of condemnation from British or American Governments and scarcely a word of condemnation in the media.
But the 3D lifts the usual blood-letting with some impressive shots.
Forget Twilight and those cutesy TV vampire series, this South Korean gore-fest is the real deal, offering some oddball comedy moments amid the blood-letting and bone-crunching.
What indicator did barbers once use to advertise that blood-letting was practised on the premises?
Summary: Thousands of Shiite Muslims gathered in central Nabatieh on Wednesday to take part in a centuries-old blood-letting ritual to mark the climax of Ashura.
NAVAL commander Nathan Peake is plunged into the blood-letting and violence which follows the French Revolution - known as the Terror - when, in 1793, England finds herself at war again.
The puzzle for her was to explain how the otherwise cautious, even-tempered, and reasonable men that she thought she knew could have been drawn into such a frenzy of blood-letting.
Rhondda member Chris Bryant, the former Blairite who turned on his leader by co-ordinating a letter calling for him to quit - and sparking a disgraceful-yet-entertaining blood-letting episode - is rumoured to be staying at home.
But the blood-letting may well not be restricted to the very top, for Peter Hain yesterday declared his intention to stand for the deputy leadership of the party.
However, if detected early, HHC is treated by blood-letting.