\ 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

Examples of gory in a Sentence

doesn't watch too many movies that feature gory violence
Recent Examples on the Web And its unusual juxtaposition of a darling baby boy and heaps of bloody, gory violence surely will not appeal to everyone. Judy Berman, Time, 24 Apr. 2022 This is only the beginning of the gory drama that will play out in this space over the next couple of hours. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 This is only the beginning of the gory drama that will play out over the next couple of hours in this space. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 16 Mar. 2022 There are a lot of jump-scares, and a few really horrifying moments, but it’s not particularly gory. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Mar. 2022 These pages often post images that traditional media outlets consider too gory to share. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Feb. 2022 For those in search of the glorious, gory details of Gunn’s copious drug-taking—from grass and mushrooms to crystal meth—the letters don’t disappoint. Matthew Bevis, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2022 That's pretty much the main gag in Fresh, a clever, gory metaphor for the seemingly endless horrors of modern romance rooted in a plot twist just outrageous enough to plausibly be true. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 22 Jan. 2022 The film sees the Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in gory rock and roll history to record a new album. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 23 May. 2022.

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\ 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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