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blood libel Syllabification: blood li·bel

Definition of blood libel in English:


An accusation that Jewish people used the blood of Christians in religious rituals, especially in the preparation of Passover bread, that was perpetrated throughout the Middle Ages and (sporadically) until the early 20th century.
Example sentences
  • This is just a mutation of the blood libel to suit modern politics.
  • The first such accusation - better known as a "blood libel" - was leveled in 1144 in Norwich, England.
  • So what on earth is the blood libel doing in a column in the respected mass daily paper?
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