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gruesome

adjective grue·some \ˈgrü-səm\

: causing horror or disgust

Full Definition of GRUESOME

:  inspiring horror or repulsion :  grisly
grue·some·ly adverb
grue·some·ness noun

Variants of GRUESOME

grue·some also grew·some \ˈgrü-səm\

Examples of GRUESOME

  1. The police report described the scene in gruesome detail.
  2. <didn't stick around to hear the gruesome details of the car accident>

Origin 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

Rhymes with GRUESOME

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