causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly: the site of a gruesome murder.
full of or causing problems; distressing: a gruesome day at the office.
- grue·some·ly, adverb
- grue·some·ness, noun
- un·grue·some, adjective
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How to use gruesome in a sentence
CBS declined to show a replay of the hit Burrow absorbed because it was so gruesome.What to know from NFL Week 11: Carson Wentz looks lost, and Taysom Hill is just getting started | Adam Kilgore | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
Unfortunately, Hayward suffered a gruesome leg injury in his Boston debut, missed the rest of the season and watched as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown ascended, diminishing his offensive role.NBA free agency updates: Lakers get tougher while Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell ink max extensions | Ben Golliver | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
The touchdown pass was the second this season for Smith, who earned his first win since his own gruesome injury at FedEx Field in November two years ago.Washington comes back to beat Bengals, 20-9, after rookie QB Joe Burrow leaves with injury | Nicki Jhabvala | November 22, 2020 | Washington Post
Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan star as New Orleans paramedics who encounter a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents in the sci-fi thriller Synchronic.Review: Synchronic is a time-bending slow burn of a sci-fi thriller | Jennifer Ouellette | November 22, 2020 | Ars Technica
For some, the joyride can veer from titillating—think Goldshire, the sexy World of Warcraft town beloved by erotic role-players, or the thrill you get from making a nasty joke in Cards Against Humanity—to genuinely gruesome.Playing bad can shape behavior, but not in the way you think | Erin Blakemore | September 28, 2020 | Popular-Science
Cleaning the birds out is a slightly more gruesome experience.
Going forward in our war against ISIS, sadly we will likely see more gruesome acts perpetrated by them against Americans.
A shortage of pentobarbital has forced some states to improvise, often with gruesome consequences.
Armed with the gruesome tools of the trade, Kaye and Armstrong did the dirty work before students arrived.
Gupta has to entertain, as much as inform, around a gruesome situation.
The guerrillas had hung the body of the corporal from a tree and there it dangled over the road, a gruesome object.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Was it any wonder that she was horrified when she recalled that gruesome episode of the death of a brave and honest man?The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
Well, it would seem rather gruesome, if girls were to be overpowered with that passion.The Daughters of Danaus | Mona Caird
There was that in the mere form and outline of this gruesome wonder of the vegetable world that instinctively aroused aversion.The Devil-Tree of El Dorado | Frank Aubrey
The wind appeared to blow it about very harshly, and a gruesome company of dragons and griffins encompassed it.Witch, Warlock, and Magician | William Henry Davenport Adams
British Dictionary definitions for gruesome
inspiring repugnance and horror; ghastly
- gruesomely, adverb
- gruesomeness, noun
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