Definition of blood libel in English:

blood libel


  • An accusation that Jewish people used the blood of Christians in religious rituals, especially in the preparation of Passover bread, that was perpetrated throughout the Middle Ages and (sporadically) until the early 20th century.

    • ‘So what on earth is the blood libel doing in a column in the respected mass daily paper?’
    • ‘This is just a mutation of the blood libel to suit modern politics.’
    • ‘We have lived through Crusades, Spanish inquisitions, blood libels, pogroms, persecutions, mass murders, and gassings.’
    • ‘The first such accusation - better known as a "blood libel" - was leveled in 1144 in Norwich, England.’
    • ‘The blood libel makes even less sense when you consider that in the 13th century the Church adopted the doctrine of transubstantiation.’