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"bloody" in British English

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bloodyadjective [before noun], adverb

uk   /ˈblʌd.i/  us   /ˈblʌd.i/ mainly UK very informal
C2 used to ​expressanger or to ​emphasize what you are saying in a ​slightlyrude way: I've had a bloody awfulweek. It's a bloody disgrace that some ​warwidows don't get a ​decentpension. Don't be a bloody idiot! This computer's bloody useless! It's always going ​wrong. Don't you ​tell me what to do! I'll do what I bloody well like in my own ​house. I had a bloody goodtime last ​night. Life would be bloody boring if nothing ​ever went ​wrong.

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bloodyadjective

uk   /ˈblʌd.i/  us   /ˈblʌd.i/
B2 covered with or ​full of ​blood: a bloody ​nose
C1 extremelyviolent and ​involving a lot of ​blood and ​injuries: It was a ​long and bloody ​battle and many men were ​killed.

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bloodily
adverb uk   /ˈblʌd.əl.i/  us   /ˈblʌd.əl.i/
All the ​demonstrations were bloodily ​suppressed by ​governmentforces.

bloodyverb [T]

uk   /ˈblʌd.i/  us   /ˈblʌd.i/
to make something bloody: The first ​punch bloodied his ​nose.
bloodied
adjective uk   /ˈblʌd.id/  us   /ˈblʌd.id/ literary
covered in ​blood
(Definition of bloody from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bloody" in American English

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bloodyadjective

 us   /ˈblʌd·i/
showingblood or ​losingblood: I had a bloody ​nose.
Bloody also ​means with much ​loss of ​life and many ​seriousinjuries: The Civil War was a very bloody ​war.
(Definition of bloody from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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