\ ˈgȯr-ē \
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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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 Like all of Ryan Murphy’s work, AHS: Apocalypse is graphic, gross, and over-the-top in its gory sensationalism. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "In 2018, Horror Movies Are the Most Comforting Things I Watch," 19 Nov. 2018 Bad smells and dripping blood from the truck led to the neighbors’ gory discovery. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.," 14 Nov. 2018 Both movies feature convincingly visceral, graphic depictions of medieval warfare, and so the weapons of the era are on gory display. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?," 13 Nov. 2018 The Sixth Sense suggested an immense mainstream market for psychological horror built around big twists, while Saw revealed an equally dedicated market for gory, nasty, cheaply made movies with their own sharp surprises. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 Lost in these gory details, predictably, are the hundreds of millions of dollars the couple gave to charity. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The War of The Grosses: Inside the Bitter Divorce Battle of the Laguna Beach "Bond King"," 22 Oct. 2018 Despite creepy stories and gory details, crime podcasts continue to find success as the podcast du jour. Allie Volpe, Teen Vogue, "10 Best Crime Podcasts," 30 Aug. 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 \
gorier; goriest

Kids Definition of gory

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

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