gruesome

adjective
grue·​some | \ ˈgrü-səm How to pronounce gruesome (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of gruesome

: inspiring horror or repulsion : grisly gruesome stories of wounded comrades

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Other Words from gruesome

gruesomely adverb
gruesomeness noun

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ghastly, grisly, gruesome, macabre, lurid mean horrifying and repellent in appearance or aspect. ghastly suggests the terrifying aspects of corpses and ghosts. a ghastly accident grisly and gruesome suggest additionally the results of extreme violence or cruelty. an unusually grisly murder suffered a gruesome death macabre implies a morbid preoccupation with the physical aspects of death. a macabre tale of premature burial lurid adds to gruesome the suggestion of shuddering fascination with violent death and especially with murder. the lurid details of a crime

Examples of gruesome in a Sentence

The police report described the scene in gruesome detail. didn't stick around to hear the gruesome details of the car accident
Recent Examples on the Web But Monday's gruesome combat between border soldiers proves how quickly unresolved issues between the neighboring giants can turn lethal. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu And Vedika Sud, CNN, "Presidential debates and Modi's China challenge," 23 June 2020 Instead, Chavez, 51, was learning the gruesome details from the cellphone video, filmed by a resident from across the street and later posted to YouTube. NBC News, "'It was an execution': Nicolas Chavez was on his knees when police killed him. His father wants answers.," 19 June 2020 The genetics of eye color was never going to be cracked by the gruesome business of collecting a lot of eyes. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Revisiting Mengele’s Malignant “Race Science”," 15 June 2020 Otherwise, Western museums will continue to condone the ongoing plunder of Africans of the past five hundred years, which aside from colonialism include the theft of African bodies for the gruesome Transatlantic Slave Trade. Sylvester Ogbechie, Quartz Africa, "How to bring Africa’s artifacts back home from Europe’s museums," 14 June 2020 Our nation should never have to witness an unnecessary, gruesome death at the hands of police. Tiffany Chioma Anaebere, Scientific American, "Policing Can Take a Lesson from Health Care," 10 June 2020 Although police killings are a constant, gruesome feature of American life, to many Europeans this particular murder stands as confirmation of the injustices of this broader political period. Gary Younge, The New York Review of Books, "What Black America Means to Europe," 6 June 2020 But there are also gruesome monsters lurking in the dark. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "HBO’s latest terrifying trailer for Lovecraft Country couldn’t be more timely," 3 June 2020 Knowing when and where such gruesome events were happening can reveal key details about the state of prehistoric environments. John Pickrell, National Geographic, "This dinosaur may have been a cannibal, gnarly bite marks reveal," 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of gruesome

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gruesome

alteration of earlier growsome, from English dialect grow, grue to shiver, from Middle English gruen, probably from Middle Dutch grūwen; akin to Old High German ingrūēn to shiver

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The first known use of gruesome was circa 1700

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“Gruesome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gruesome. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for gruesome

gruesome

adjective
How to pronounce gruesome (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gruesome

: causing horror or disgust

gruesome

adjective
grue·​some | \ ˈgrü-səm \

Kids Definition of gruesome

: causing horror or disgust Some of the potions had effects almost too gruesome to think about …— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets

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