gruesome

adjective grue·some \ ˈgrü-səm \
variants: or less commonly
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of gruesome

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

gruesomely

adverb

gruesomeness

noun

Examples of gruesome in a Sentence

  1. The police report described the scene in gruesome detail.

  2. didn't stick around to hear the gruesome details of the car accident

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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

Synonym Discussion of gruesome

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

GRUESOME Defined for English Language Learners

gruesome

adjective

Definition of gruesome for English Language Learners

  • : causing horror or disgust


GRUESOME Defined for Kids

gruesome

adjective grue·some \ ˈgrü-səm \

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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