nounchiefly • historical
- 1The surgical removal of some of a patient’s blood for therapeutic purposes.More example sentences
- There are medieval scenes of bloodletting, and of doctors cauterising patients' piles, polyps, and even cataracts (ouch).
- But the range of surgical expertise dealt largely with the surface of the body: for example cautery, bloodletting, and draining boils and abscesses.
- There has been a health care crisis since we were bloodletting.
- 1.1The violent killing and wounding of people during a war or conflict: gang members have halted their internecine bloodlettingMore example sentences
- And the surreal and brutal slaughter, violence and bloodletting equals the Crusades.
- Tragic as all this violence and bloodletting is, even I am starting to have trouble distinguishing these reports from one another, day after day.
- Going by the rage and anger that the assassination has sparked, the world should brace itself for more violence and bloodletting.
- 1.2Bitter division and quarreling within an organization.More example sentences
- They will be hoping to choose a candidate early in the primary season, and with limited bloodletting.
- Sure, they showed division, open animosities and public bloodletting.
- But, unplanned, they can also trigger a bout of internal party bloodletting.
More definitions of bloodlettingDefinition of bloodletting in:
- The British & World English dictionary