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gruesome

adjective grue·some \ˈgrü-səm\

Simple Definition of gruesome

  • : causing horror or disgust

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gruesome

  1. :  inspiring horror or repulsion :  grisly

gruesomely

adverb

gruesomeness

noun

Examples of gruesome in a sentence

  1. The police report described the scene in gruesome detail.

  2. <didn't stick around to hear the gruesome details of the car accident>



Variants of gruesome

also

grewsome

\ˈgrü-səm\

Origin and Etymology of gruesome

alteration of earlier growsome, from English dialect grow, grue to shiver, from Middle English gruen, probably from Middle Dutch grūwen; akin to Old High German ingrūēn to shiver


First Known Use: circa 1700

Synonym Discussion of gruesome

ghastly, grisly, gruesome, macabre, lurid mean horrifying and repellent in appearance or aspect. ghastly suggests the terrifying aspects of corpses and ghosts <a ghastly accident>. grisly and gruesome suggest additionally the results of extreme violence or cruelty <an unusually grisly murder> <suffered a gruesome death>. macabre implies a morbid preoccupation with the physical aspects of death <a macabre tale of premature burial>. lurid adds to gruesome the suggestion of shuddering fascination with violent death and especially with murder <the lurid details of a crime>.

Rhymes with gruesome


GRUESOME Defined for Kids

gruesome

adjective grue·some \ˈgrü-səm\

Definition of gruesome for Students

  1. :  causing horror or disgust <Some of the potions had effects almost too gruesome to think about … — J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets>





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