\ 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 As in previous projects about her life, Tina doesn’t skimp on the gory details of what came next. David Browne, Rolling Stone, "‘Tina’: Tina Turner Keeps on Rollin’ in Bold, Unsettling Documentary," 26 Mar. 2021 The action here is crisp and at times extremely gory, in a way that makes very clear -- or should -- that this isn't intended for kids. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Invincible' takes yet another leap into the dark side of superheroes," 24 Mar. 2021 In a cozy mystery, there are no gory details, a likeable amateur sleuth, usually a woman, quiet villages or small towns and a satisfying ending. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "For this author, killing people is easier than making them fall in love," 27 Feb. 2021 The paintings that emerged from the suffering and destruction are the spiritual testament of a Wilde man in an age when hope in humanity had been exposed as a cruel and gory joke. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘Francis Bacon’ Review: Furious Beauty," 26 Feb. 2021 And each episode could be unspeakably gory, as the cutting-edge medicine of the year 1900 looked like a second cousin to barbarism by 2015. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, "Steven Soderbergh on the Gore, the Grind, and the Glory of Making ‘The Knick’," 25 Feb. 2021 James used liquid latex to turn Kylie's $900-million-dollar face into a bloody, gory mess. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner and James Charles Teamed Up For a Gory Halloween Makeup Video," 27 Oct. 2020 On demand The holidays go to hell in this mega-gory possession thriller directed by Adam Leader and Richard Oakes. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, "A Guide to New Horror Movies This Month," 7 Oct. 2020 Books Of Blood begins with the gory death of a bookshop owner who sends Bennett (Yul Vazquez) on a wild goose chase for the one of a kind book. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "We Need To Talk About That Chilling Books Of Blood Ending," 7 Oct. 2020

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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 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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