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1. Bloodshed.
2. The removal of blood, usually from a vein, as a therapeutic measure.
3. The laying off of personnel or the elimination of resources.

blood′let′ter n.


someone or something which lets blood
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Johnstone, Bats, 1993; Nancy Baker, The Night Inside, 1933; Gail Petersen, The Making of a Monster, 1993; Warren Newton Beath, Bloodletter, 1994; Brent Monahan, The Blood of the Covenant, 1995; Kathryn Reines, The Kiss, 1996; Steven Spruill, Daughter of Darkness, 1996; Jonathan Nasaw, The World on Blood 1996; Lois Tilton, Darkspawn, 2000; Elaine Bergstrom, Mina, 2001; Simon Clark, Vampyrrhic Rites, 2002; Robin McKinley, Sunshine, 2004; Mario Acevedo, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, 2006; Timothy W.
Khmel'nitskii, the bloodletter," as a redemptive force that had liberated the simple folk from the "damned szlachta.
In 1773, Felipe Lopez, an indio yucateco and resident of Matanzas city, faced the local cabildo to defend his practice as sangrador or bloodletter.