n. 1. a person or creature who seeks blood or bloodshed
n. 2. a person who deliberately brings harm to another, esp. for personal gain
- 1644 obs.
from blood + hunter
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1592 (n. 1) - see EXAMPLE below
"...Too long were it to rehearse all the practises of this sauadge blood-hunter, how he assailed the Vnicorne as he slept in his den, and tore the heart out of his breast ere he could awake: how hee made the lesser beasts lye in wayte one for the other, and the Crocodyle to coape with the Basiliske, that when they had enterchangeably weakened each other, he might come and insult ouer them both as hee list...."
From: Pierce Penilesse, His Supplication to the Diuell
- Thomas Nashe