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[gawr-ee, gohr-ee] /ˈgɔr i, ˈgoʊr i/
adjective, gorier, goriest.
covered or stained with gore; bloody.
resembling gore.
involving much bloodshed and violence:
a gory battle.
unpleasant or disagreeable:
to reveal the gory details of a divorce.
Origin of gory
First recorded in 1470-80; gore1 + -y1
Related forms
gorily, adverb
goriness, noun Unabridged
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  • He hated it for what he knew it was behind the gory mask, and for what it had done to his eyes.

    The Hoofer Walter M. Miller
  • Swiftly, in order, and without much cruelty the gory work was done.

  • Mrs. gory was tremendously proud of him, and not as worried as she should have been.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • gory and grewsome,—he is the mainstay Of the historic novel of to-day.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • If this gory insect does not live by blood alone, how is it nourished?

British Dictionary definitions for gory


adjective gorier, goriest
horrific or bloodthirsty: a gory story
involving bloodshed and killing: a gory battle
covered in gore
Derived Forms
gorily, adverb
goriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gory

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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