We have put together a list of words that are similar to BLOODLETTING.

6 Alternative Words Similar to bloodletting

1 Bloodbath Noun      Synonym Words Like Bloodbath
2 Bloodshed Noun      Synonym Words Like Bloodshed
3 Battue Noun      Synonym Words Like Battue
4 Phlebotomy Noun      Hyponym Words Like Phlebotomy
5 Cupping Noun      Hyponym
6 Venesection Noun      Hyponym Words Like Venesection

3 examples of bloodletting

1 a huge prison battue was ordered
2 the valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder
3 ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name

10 definitions of bloodletting

1 The act or process of letting blood or bleeding, as by opening a vein or artery, or by cupping or leeches; -- esp. applied to venesection.
2 indiscriminate slaughter
3 formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)
4 Bloodshed.
5 The removal of blood, usually from a vein, as a therapeutic measure.
6 The laying off of personnel or the elimination of resources.
7 In medicine, the act of letting blood or bleeding by opening a vein, as a remedial measure in the treatment of disease; phlebotomy.
8 The archaic practice of treating illness by removing some blood, believed to be tainted, from the stricken person.
9 By extension, the diminishment of any resource with the hope that this will lead to a positive effect.
10 A circumstance such as a battle where a large amount of blood is likely to be spilled through violence.
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