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Definition 1: formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine) - [noun denoting act]

(bloodletting is a kind of ...) professional treatment for illness or injury

(... is a kind of bloodletting ) surgical incision into a vein; used to treat hemochromatosis

(... is a kind of bloodletting ) a treatment in which evacuated cups are applied to the skin to draw blood through the surface

(bloodletting belongs to category ...) the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques

(bloodletting belongs to category ...) the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance

Definition 2: indiscriminate slaughter - [noun denoting act]

Samples where bloodletting or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bloodbath took place when the leaders of the plot surrendered
  • ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name
  • the valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder
  • a huge prison battue was ordered

Synonyms for bloodletting in the sense of this definition

(bloodletting is a kind of ...) the savage and excessive killing of many people

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