Origin of gruesome
Examples from the Web for gruesome
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.
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|Itay Hod|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
These gruesome discoveries checked the singing and laughter, and for a while the men worked in silence.Sea-Dogs All!|Tom Bevan
But the interior of the laboratory displayed no gruesome scene.
It was a gruesome picture, for, even when he was invisible, it seemed to Fred he could see the gleam of those eyes fixed upon him.Two Boys in Wyoming|Edward S. Ellis
Another, followed by fully twenty other savages, their gruesome faces showing surprise and bewilderment at sight of the youths.Lost in the Wilds of Brazil|James H. Foster
If only she had waited five or ten minutes more before she started back into that gruesome cave.The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold|Margaret Vandercook
Word Origin 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.