\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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Pentagon is also Lucha Underground’s champion, and the masked warrior continues to win over fans with a style that is far gorier than what is prevalent in WWE. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: When Will WWE’s Female Wrestlers Be Allowed to Perform in Saudi Arabia?," 25 Apr. 2018 What ensues is a trippy, gory exploration of a haunted house and Mr. Obayashi’s imaginative mind. New York Times, "What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘No Passport Required’ and ‘Drug Lords’," 10 July 2018 On Saturday, Maisie Williams was the latest GoT regular to bid the show adieu with an Instagram post that captures all the gory greatness of the Seven Kingdoms. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "The Game of Thrones Cast Is Saying Goodbye to The Show, and We Can't Take It," 7 July 2018 To me, that’s important, not super gory stuff, but it’s fun to be scared. Jessie Spangler, Aurora Beacon-News, "Ghoulish Mortals brings a bit of horror to St. Charles," 6 July 2018 While the actors appear to be finishing up one by one, the wait will continue as the finale is perfected in all its (likely gory) glory. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Emilia Clarke Is Here To Remind Us That Game Of Thrones Is Ending Sooner Than We Think," 19 June 2018 All of this happens before the film actually cuts to the gory, unnerving, reveal. Jacob Oller, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Hereditary' Flips Steven Spielberg's Trademark Shot," 10 June 2018 Hereditary does have some scenes that could qualify as gory, or maybe just icky. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Artfully Made Hereditary Is the Latest Horror Film to Elevate the Genre," 7 June 2018 The gory photo immediately drew outrage on social media. Fox News, "Kathy Griffin's most outrageous moments: From Trump photo shoot to stripping on live TV," 19 June 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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