Definition of gruesome in English:

gruesome

adjective

  • 1Causing repulsion or horror; grisly.

    ‘the most gruesome murder’
    • ‘But I could not bear to have the weight of your most gruesome death on my conscience.’
    • ‘The gruesome murder shocked and revolted the nation, igniting a debate on the killers' future.’
    • ‘Sure, some will die a horrible gruesome death, but it's only what a fox would do to another animal.’
    • ‘I haven't seen it, but I heard they cut out an awful lot of parts of it, which were gruesome.’
    • ‘His determination to show us the full consequences of a shooting delivers some of the most gruesome images this side of a horror movie.’
    • ‘The fur trade is a violent, bloody business but these skins are particularly gruesome.’
    • ‘Why such gruesome murders are happening again and again is really a thought-provoking question.’
    • ‘Her vivid descriptions are often gruesome, but never gratuitous.’
    • ‘The story would have remained just a gruesome piece of local history had not something extraordinary occurred two years later.’
    • ‘In front of him was one of the most gruesome scenes he had ever seen in his lifetime.’
    • ‘Well, it was gruesome, there was some awful acting, but the film had a good premise and a nice twist at the end.’
    • ‘A debate ensued which led to the rather gruesome killing of the witches of the medieval period.’
    • ‘A bit like watching a car crash, it was gruesome but fascinating.’
    • ‘A railway worker had a rather gruesome discovery whilst making his rounds last week.’
    • ‘To anyone who thinks of an abattoir as a place of gruesome horrors, this might sound like good news.’
    • ‘One of the employees went to check on the missing worker and discovered the gruesome murder scene.’
    • ‘That is the way a lot of people cope with doing such a horrible, gruesome, barbaric job.’
    • ‘Though the gruesome murders happened a decade ago, it seems that time has stood still.’
    • ‘When the spirits are particularly gruesome I've been shocked, but I realise that they can't hurt me.’
    • ‘An apartment complex in Southern California is hit by a string of gruesome murders.’
    grisly, ghastly, frightful, horrid, horrifying, fearful, hideous, macabre, spine-chilling, horrible, horrendous, grim, awful, dire, dreadful, terrible, horrific
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    1. 1.1informal Extremely unpleasant.
      ‘gruesome catering’
      • ‘Many troops now feel that they will never see the civilian life they once saw at the end of a long, gruesome road.’
      • ‘The manner of his sacking was gruesome enough - a clean sacking turned into a protracted public humiliation for both men.’
      • ‘The spurious impact of channels on society is an issue of gruesome and far-reaching consequences.’
      • ‘It is because the daily reports are too harrowing, the gruesome repetition too terrible.’
      unpleasant, disagreeable, disgusting, distasteful, awful, dreadful, horrible, terrible, vile, foul, abominable, frightful, loathsome, revolting, repulsive, odious, sickening, nauseating, nauseous, repellent, repugnant, horrendous, hideous, appalling, atrocious, offensive, objectionable, obnoxious, unpalatable, unsavoury, unappetizing, off-putting, uninviting, dirty, filthy, squalid
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Origin

Late 16th century: from Scots grue ‘to feel horror, shudder’ (of Scandinavian origin) + -some. Rare before the late 18th century, the word was popularized by Sir Walter Scott.

Pronunciation

gruesome

/ˈɡruːs(ə)m/