Simple Definition of grisly
: causing horror or fear : very shocking
Full Definition of grisly
1 : inspiring horror or intense fear <houses that were dark and grisly under the blank, cold sky — D. H. Lawrence>
2 : inspiring disgust or distaste <a grisly account of the fire>
Examples of grisly
The jurors saw grisly photos of the crime scene.
<recounted the visit to the murder scene in grisly detail>
Origin of grisly
Middle English, from Old English grislic, from gris- (akin to Old English āgrīsan to fear); akin to Old High German grīsenlīh terrible
First Known Use: 12th century
Synonym Discussion of grisly
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