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gruesome

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[ groo-suhm ]
/ ˈgru səm /
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adjective

causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly: the site of a gruesome murder.
full of or causing problems; distressing: a gruesome day at the office.

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Origin of gruesome

1560–70; obsolete grue to shudder (cognate with German grauen,Dutch gruwen) + -some1

OTHER WORDS FROM gruesome

grue·some·ly, adverbgrue·some·ness, nounun·grue·some, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for gruesome

gruesome
/ (ˈɡruːsəm) /

adjective

inspiring repugnance and horror; ghastly

Derived forms of gruesome

gruesomely, adverbgruesomeness, noun

Word Origin for gruesome

C16: originally Northern English and Scottish; see grue, -some 1
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