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Definition: of or pertaining to blood, bloody, blood-thirsty

Pronunciation: sang-WIN-o-lent


This spooky word originates in the Latin stem for blood- sanguis and was used as early as in the 13th century.

Why this word?

When we just started working on this site, I decided we will really only use words our readers will actually be able to use. I admit, this is not one of these words, unless we are about to describe an utterly cruel, a terrible murder scene or anything else that is as lovely as these two examples above.

However, you can also use this word as an analogy, to replace ‘vulture’ for example. It has a great sound to it, no one knows it, but it is still so violently appealing!

How to use the word sanguinolent in a sentence?

This word is an adjective that comes to describe anything or anyone that is, well, bloody- metaphorically or not.

Not metaphorically- “This is the most sanguinolent murder scene ever shown in a CSI chapter!”

Metaphorically- “Adam is a sanguinolent sales person! He will not stop before his victim completely succumbs to his needs and wants”.

Of course, historians, gamers and D&D lovers can make gems with this word.


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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