- causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly: the site of a gruesome murder.
- full of or causing problems; distressing: a gruesome day at the office.
Origin of gruesome
Examples from the Web for gruesome
A shortage of pentobarbital has forced some states to improvise, often with gruesome consequences.Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco
September 18, 2014
Armed with the gruesome tools of the trade, Kaye and Armstrong did the dirty work before students arrived.Edible Taxidermy: It’s a Good Thing
August 5, 2014
Gupta has to entertain, as much as inform, around a gruesome situation.Sanjay Gupta, on the Ebola Front Lines
August 4, 2014
He said a perfect example is a gruesome image of a teenage girl whose head has been blown off.Israel, Hamas, WhatsApp and Hacked Phones in the Gaza Psy-War
July 26, 2014
Reports describe a gruesome scene of “almost unspeakable horror” with “bodies everywhere, organs splayed out.”Latest News on Malaysian Airliner Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine
The Daily Beast
July 17, 2014
It is a gruesome doctrine, that a child who kills himself does not really die.City of Endless Night
The interior of the ship faded to its gruesome green darkness.
The man and woman were chopping at the viscous, gruesome head.
Down by his feet the gruesome mangled corpses were the size of children.The World Beyond
Raymond King Cummings
It had all the imperfections of unskilful improvisation and its subject was gruesome.An Outcast of the Islands
- inspiring repugnance and horror; ghastly
Word Origin and History for gruesome
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.