Definition of gruesome
: inspiring horror or repulsion : grisly gruesome stories of wounded comrades
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 of gruesome from the Web
Riprore, which focuses on the heart of gangland Los Angeles, where a gruesome discovery sparks a frenetic homicide investigation, but underneath the surface lurks a darkness that leads to the end of days.
The fallout from comedian Kathy Griffin’s gruesome Twitter photo continues.
ISIS, which has been blamed for some high-profile and gruesome attacks in the country, has been silent.
Then comes more than 200 pages of Conway’s book, set in the 1950s village of Saxby-on-Avon, where a busybody housekeeper falls to her death down a flight of stairs and nasty Sir Magnus Pye loses his head (literally) in a gruesome murder.
His death got instant attention as the shooting’s gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, who was in the car along with her young daughter.
The suspect left a gruesome scene on the Green Line train.
The whole series follows the small, seemingly perfect town of Riverdale after it's rocked by the gruesome murder of the high school's star football player, Jason Blossom.
Obscenity law was even broad enough to convict Mike Diana, a cartoonist, for gruesome drawings.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: circa 1700See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of gruesome
GRUESOME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gruesome for English Language Learners
: causing horror or disgust
GRUESOME Defined for Kids
Definition of gruesome for Students
: 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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