Definition of gruesome in English:

gruesome

adjective

  • 1Causing repulsion or horror; grisly.

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

/ˈɡro͞osəm/