\ 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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Synonyms for gory


bloodstained, bloody

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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

Examples of gory in a Sentence

doesn't watch too many movies that feature gory violence

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Newsletter Sign-up The testimony turned gory when witnesses described Mr. Guzmán’s involvement in killings. Katie Honan, WSJ, "U.S. Jury Convicts Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ After Three-Month Trial," 12 Feb. 2019 Valentine’s Day movies: The Love Witch Anna Biller’s feminist, campy homage to ’60s horror and love-potion plots is a gory paean to female intuition and a subversion of the archetype of the evil witch. Vogue, "These Are the Best Anti–Valentine’s Day Movies to Make You Very Glad You’re Single," 12 Feb. 2019 Which brings us back to the ending: All of a sudden, a story about Annie's nose-dive into the darkest depths of her mind pivots into the supernatural, in a climax so gory as to rival any horror film that has come before it. refinery29.com, "The Bonkers End Of Hereditary, Explained," 8 June 2018 Definitely one of the more violent movies in cinematic history, American Psycho is extremely graphic and gory, giving us reason to think a man created the film. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Surprising Movies Directed by Women," 15 Apr. 2013 Elsewhere, a projector showed gory silent footage of the 1960 La Coubre disaster, when two explosions destroyed a French freighter in Havana Harbor, killing some 100 dock workers and rescuers. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "A Weirdly Fascinating Cold-War Tour of Havana," 20 Nov. 2018 At this time of year, we're inundated with horror films that, frankly, are just too gory to show our kids. Meghann Foye, Redbook, "An Ode to the Best Halloween Movie of All Time, Teen Witch," 29 Oct. 2014 The movie as a whole is brutal—sad and violent and gory and, again, don't get too attached to any of the characters—but Rosamund Pike gives a powerful performance and Jesse Plemons is reliably captivating as well. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, August 17 Edition," 17 Aug. 2018 If that all sounds vaguely gory and Hollywood, please read it, once, twice, three times, because Trevor’s genius is varied, unshowy and profound. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Last Stories’ Review: A 20th-Century Chekhov," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of gory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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