grisly


gris·ly

adjective \ˈgriz-lē\

: causing horror or fear : very shocking

gris·li·ergris·li·est

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>
gris·li·ness noun

Examples of GRISLY

  1. The jurors saw grisly photos of the crime scene.
  2. <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

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