One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the ritual slaughter is a gory ceremony’
grisly, gruesome, violent, bloodthirsty, bloody, brutal, savage
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
informal blood-and-thunder, blood-and-guts, sick, sick-making, gut-churning, gross
archaic sanguinary, disgustful, loathly
2‘gory pieces of human skin and bone’
bloody, bloodstained, blood-soaked, blood-spattered
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