\ ˈgȯr-ē How to pronounce gory (audio) \
gorier; goriest

Definition of gory

1 : covered with gore : bloodstained
2 : bloodcurdling, sensational wanted to hear the gory details

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bloody, sanguinary, gory mean affected by or involving the shedding of blood. bloody is applied especially to things that are actually covered with blood or are made up of blood. bloody hands sanguinary applies especially to something attended by, or someone inclined to, bloodshed. the Civil War was America's most sanguinary conflict gory suggests a profusion of blood and slaughter. exceptionally gory, even for a horror movie

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doesn't watch too many movies that feature gory violence
Recent Examples on the Web Would-be buyers are even more spooked by the idea of residing in places where the death was gory. Lew Sichelman | Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, courant.com, "Boo! Who wants to live where someone has died?," 25 Oct. 2019 Both President Trump's reelection campaign and Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, had a warning for graphic, gory, or violent content placed on their tweets. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Twitter flags Trump campaign and Matt Gaetz for anti-abortion content on eve of March for Life," 24 Jan. 2020 The range will include outfits and ideas that will could be clever, quaint, creepy or gory, simple or elaborate or some mix of all the above. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Rodeo Cardi B, Texans stars, smoke plume among this year's Houston-themed Halloween costumes," 24 Oct. 2019 Rucker and Leonnig offer lots of gory details about the president. Joe Klein, Washington Post, "‘Losers,’ ‘dopes’ and ‘scum’: Inside Trump’s war with his own advisers," 16 Jan. 2020 In the gorgeous, gory tableau, the dying ruler appeared trapped at the center of a bloody web, as though tethered there by entrails. Andrea Simakis, cleveland, "Power pairs, such as ‘Rastus and Hattie’ and ‘Tiny Houses,’ were the talk of the stage this season: Year in Review 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 Co-creator Ryan Murphy’s anthology horror series, which circled through genre stories about witches, ghosts and killer clowns, sustained a tone both of queasy, gory suspense — isn’t cheap horror the best?! Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE.com, "The Best TV Shows of the Decade, from Game of Thrones to Stranger Things," 23 Dec. 2019 Some of the stylistic fillips feel excessive, and at the end of the day, this is just a tawdry, gory B-picture, with little to say about human behavior. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A funny, intense ‘Harpoon,’ Aaron Paul, a terrifying ‘Clown’ and more," 3 Oct. 2019 Malcolm is recruited by Gil Arroyo (Lou Diamond Phillips), an NYPD detective, to serve as an eccentric consultant on particularly gory cases. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Prodigal Son': TV Review," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of gory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gory. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gory

: having or showing a lot of violence and blood
\ ˈgȯr-ē How to pronounce gory (audio) \
gorier; goriest

Kids Definition of gory

1 : covered with blood
2 : having or showing much violence and bloodshed

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