Spc. Jeremy Morlock looks into the camera and smiles, lifting the hair of a dead Afghan man, in a gruesome photograph.
(gruesome NSFW or really NSF much of anywhere viewing here).
The stuff of Shakespeare, albeit a gruesome modern-day remake.
The headlines were gruesome: after shooting and killing him, she had used a chain saw to dismember his body.
I never want to return to the days of gruesome back-alley abortions.
There was something in the situation that was more than gruesome, something that was peculiarly unnerving.
Then there was the gruesome task of digging up the body of poor Evans.
My recollection is even now confused as to the following moments and our stumbling escape from that gruesome spot.
We did not often discuss these gruesome possibilities, although this was not Drew's fault.
Exclamations of horror greeted this gruesome tale, the relevancy of which no one had as yet perceived.
1560s, with -some (1) + Middle English gruen "feel horror, shudder" (c.1300); not recorded in Old English or Norse, possibly from Middle Dutch gruwen or Middle Low German gruwen "shudder with fear" (cf. German grausam "cruel"), or from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish grusom "cruel," grue "to dread," though others hold that these are Low German loan-words). One of the many Scottish words popularized in England by Scott's novels.