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gory

[gawr-ee, gohr-ee]
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adjective, gor·i·er, gor·i·est.
  1. covered or stained with gore; bloody.
  2. resembling gore.
  3. involving much bloodshed and violence: a gory battle.
  4. unpleasant or disagreeable: to reveal the gory details of a divorce.

Origin of gory

First recorded in 1470–80; gore1 + -y1
Related formsgor·i·ly, adverbgor·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for goriness

Historical Examples

  • But Mr Baildon is scarcely alone in this error: few people have understood properly the goriness of Stevenson.

    Twelve Types

    G.K. Chesterton

  • But Mr. Baildon is scarcely alone in this error: few people have understood properly the goriness of Stevenson.

    Varied Types

    G. K. Chesterton


British Dictionary definitions for goriness

gory

adjective gorier or goriest
  1. horrific or bloodthirstya gory story
  2. involving bloodshed and killinga gory battle
  3. covered in gore
Derived Formsgorily, adverbgoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for goriness

gory

adj.

"blood-soaked," late 15c., from gore (n.) + -y (2).

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