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  • 1mainly historical The surgical removal of some of a patient's blood for therapeutic purposes.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Then, your doctor might have recommended such treatments as bloodletting or taking dangerous doses of sulfur and mercury.’
    • ‘Today, many medical practices such as bloodletting are no longer used.’
    1. 1.1The violent killing and wounding of people during a war or conflict.
      ‘gang members have halted their internecine bloodletting’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both societies have a mixed history that included periods of peaceful, cooperative politics and periods of violence and bloodletting.’
      • ‘Someone must stop it, someone has to, or it shall all end in a violent storm of bloodletting.’
      slaughter, slaying, killing, carnage, butchery, massacre, murder, bloodletting, bloodbath, gore, pogrom, genocide
    2. 1.2Bitter division and quarreling within an organization.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘But industry watchers believe the bloodletting isn't over.’
      • ‘The bloodletting at the organisation, which employs 6,000 people across the country, follows a report which was highly critical of the corporation.’



/ˈblədˌlediNG/ /ˈblədˌlɛdɪŋ/