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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a gruesome accident
▪ But sitting through nearly 111 minutes of bloody crime scenes, test-tube shots and gruesome autopsy scenes is just unpleasant and boring.
▪ Earlier in the day, they found more gruesome debris.
▪ He begins his career as a boy with gruesome, bloody experiments on live animals.
▪ He even remembered the gruesome details of the spelling bee he lost in front of the entire seventh grade.
▪ I'd turn from gruesome Gilly into gorgeous, gracious, good, glorious Galadriel.
▪ It wants us to live out that gruesome fantasy, to find out whether we could handle it.
▪ The antique woodcuts, etchings, and contemporary photographs that illustrate the book are at once gruesome and riveting.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

gruesome \grue"some\, a. Ugly; frightful. Same as grewsome. [Scot.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1560s, with -some (1) + Middle English gruen "feel horror, shudder" (c.1300); not recorded in Old English or Norse, possibly from Middle Dutch gruwen or Middle Low German gruwen "shudder with fear" (compare German grausam "cruel"), or from a Scandinavian source (such as Danish grusom "cruel," grue "to dread," though others hold that these are Low German loan-words). One of the many Scottish words popularized in England by Scott's novels.


a. repellently frightful and shocking; horrific or ghastly


adj. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror; "ghastly wounds"; "the grim aftermath of the bombing"; "the grim task of burying the victims"; "a grisly murder"; "gruesome evidence of human sacrifice"; "macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages"; "macabre tortures conceived by madmen" [syn: ghastly, grim, grisly, macabre]

Usage examples of "gruesome".

The deck was suddenly running with bubbler acids, blood, and gruesome body parts.

In ingesting it, the flimmers had committed a particularly gruesome form of group suicide.

It was pretty vivid stuff, but the sheriff managed to handle it matter-of-factly, throwing in a folksy comment here and there, in a way that neutralized most of the gruesome aspects.

She had just come on deck after a long and trying session in assisting Doctors Gys and Kelsey to care for the injured, a session during which Beth and Patsy had also stood nobly to their gruesome task.

All that day and the next and the one following Mr Taglioni continued his gruesome task while Lockhart cooked and Mr Dodd sat in his shed and stared resentfully at the cucumber frames.

There were appendages both jointed and tentacular, patches of scales, spines and leathery, wrinkled tegument together with the suggestion of mouth and gill openings, all thrown together in a gruesome hodge-podge.

With gruesome diligence Shiga shot in that trypan red, and some mice got better but others got worse.

The thick barrier snapped shut between her and Stevens, and the upswell of liquid metal struck it with a gruesome, muffled thud.

The tomb in the daytime, and when wreathed with fresh flowers, had looked grim and gruesome enough, but now, some days afterwards, when the flowers hung lank and dead, their whites turning to rust and their greens to browns, when the spider and the beetle had resumed their accustomed dominance, when the time-discoloured stone, and dust-encrusted mortar, and rusty, dank iron, and tarnished brass, and clouded silver-plating gave back the feeble glimmer of a candle, the effect was more miserable and sordid than could have been imagined.

There was nowhere else for Pop Yaffe to go, so he kept boring in, and the shock wave of the blast rocked the B-25 as it passed overhead and everyone inside had that gruesome moment of smelling the upwelling smoke and fumes from the airplane that was even at that instant incinerating their close friends.

These ancient survivors had ridden out the human apocalypse as they had survived so many before: by living off the gruesome brown food chain of the dying lands, by burrowing into the welcoming mud in drought.

His loudest detractor, Butyr, had been the first one dragged from the ledge to gruesome death.

Manliest of maidens, Maethild, swordless sought the mangier of men, grim Grendel, gruesome in gore.

The gruesome spectacle he presented ostracized him from the pleasures of friendship and society, and sometimes interfered with his travels.

The place was not so gruesome as last night, but oh, how unutterably mean looking when the sunshine streamed in.