Pronunciation: (blud'bath", -bäth"), [key]
—pl. -bathsPronunciation: (-ba&thslash;z", -bä&thslash;z", -baths", -bäths"). [key]
1. a ruthless slaughter of a great number of people; massacre.
2. Informal.a period of disastrous loss or reversal: A few mutual funds performed well in the general bloodbath of the stock market.
3. a widespread dismissal or purge, as of employees. Also,blood' bath".
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