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gruesome

adjective grue·some \ˈgrü-səm\

Simple Definition of gruesome

  • : causing horror or disgust

Full Definition of gruesome

  1. :  inspiring horror or repulsion :  grisly

grue·some·ly adverb
grue·some·ness noun

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>



Variants of gruesome

also grew·some \ˈgrü-səm\

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

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



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