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.
More example sentences
- The blood libel makes even less sense when you consider that in the 13th century the Church adopted the doctrine of transubstantiation.
- 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.
Definition of blood libel in:
- The US English dictionary