• WordNet 3.6
    • adj grisly shockingly repellent; inspiring horror "ghastly wounds","the grim aftermath of the bombing","the grim task of burying the victims","a grisly murder","gruesome evidence of human sacrifice","macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages","macabre tortures conceived by madmen"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Grisly Frightful; horrible; dreadful; harsh; as, grisly locks; a grisly specter. "A man of grisly and stern gravity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • grisly Such as to inspire fear; frightful; terrible; gruesome; grim: as, a grisly countenance; a grisly specter.
    • grisly Frightfully; terribly.
    • grisly An obsolete spelling of grizzly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Grisly griz′li frightful: hideous
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE, grisly, grislich, AS. grislic, gryslic, fr. grsan t,o shudder; cf. OD. grijselick, horrible, OHG. grisenl,?ch, and also AS. gre,?san, to frighten, and E. gruesome,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gryslíc, ágrísan, to dread; Ger. grässlich.


In literature:

It was a drove of lean grisly wild swine.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
Something told me; the sheer horror of it struck through; the inevitable loomed grisly and near indeed.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
He did not flinch at the grisly contact.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
On yonder cliffs, a grisly band, I see them sit.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
He does to frighten lay-folk, but for the others Death's grisly skeleton-hand holds out the Keys of Heaven.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
This throws a grisly responsibility upon me.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
Hindhead, before the town came there, had a grisly sound in the name.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
I am the slayer of yon grisly corpse.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
GRISLY GRISELL; or, The Laidly Lady of Whitburn.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
But when he awoke, after a feverish and disturbed sleep, the faint grisly dawn that entered the room was not of a character to inspirit.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
The tableau was grisly.
"Dream Town" by Henry Slesar
I call him 'Grisly-Beard.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The grisly may have had bad-luck that morning.
"Two Arrows" by William O. Stoddard
Alurna, prostrate where Mog had tossed her a few feet away, watched the grisly drama with frightened eyes.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
When will you stop your grisly recollections, and go away?
"Hildegarde's Harvest" by Laura E. Richards
Thar war a skellington's grisly face peerin' at him through a crack in the bark.
"The Raid of The Guerilla and Other Stories" by Charles Egbert Craddock
Stern beasts in trains that by his truncheon fell, Now grisly forms, shoot o'er the lawns of hell.
"Heathen Mythology" by Various
He found himself looking down into a dell surrounded by many high granite rocks, which made access difficult to the Grisly Cave.
"Sweethearts at Home" by S. R. Crockett
To me, I confess, these grisly mementoes brought a shudder.
"Mrs. Fitz" by J. C. Snaith
The words called up before me a picture of the grisly little procession crawling uphill in the grey of the dawning.
"Through the Land of the Serb" by Mary Edith Durham

In poetry:

The thunder-riven oak, that flings
Its grisly arms athwart the sky,
A sudden, startling image brings
To the lone traveller's kindled eye.
"Lake Superior" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
For man’s mind is the dupe of his animal self;
Hoping its lusts to win,
He harbours within him a grisly Elf
Enamoured of sorrow and sin.
"A God's Labour" by Aurobindo Ghose
For while by Chloe's image charm'd,
Too far in Sabine woods I stray'd;
Me singing, careless and unarm'd,
A grisly wolf surprised, and fled.
"Horace: Book 1, Ode 22" by Samuel Johnson
No phantom rose to tell of future ill,
No grisly warning marr'd my prophet dreams--
My heart translucent as the leaping rill,
My thoughts all free and flashing at its beams.
"The Old Oak" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
See! with what madd'ning force they sway
The human breast and lead astray,
Down the steep, broad, destructive way,
The giddy throng;
Till grisly death sweeps all away
The fiends among!
"Epistle To The Rev. J--- B---, Whilst Journeying For The Recovery Of His Health" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Before I lost my five poor wits,
I mind me of a Romish clerk,
Who sang how Care, the phantom dark,
Beside the belted horseman sits.
Methought I saw the grisly sprite
Jump up but now behind my Knight.
"Atra Cura" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Posting grisly crime and accident photos from official investigations on the Web will hurt the survivors and endanger your career.
The former Washington state policeman, now 73, was found guilty of the grisly crime in September.
Cell mate says Chapman described murder, grisly aftermath.
Mother of teen in grisly.
Investigators are still searching for clues in the grisly murder of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart.
Collaboration in Gaza Leads to Grisly Fate .
Witnesses, grisly photos in Tumalo man's murder trial.
Grisly Details of Swimsuit Model Murder Case.
Bears dominant but road ahead gets grisly .
Teen charged in Jessica Ridgeway's grisly death.
A grisly death in Alaska.
Teacher's Aide Fired for Revelation of Role in Grisly 1965 Killing (Photo Credit: Indiana State Prison BCLUW Yearbook).
Springfield woman makes grisly discovery on Florida beach.
Man pleads guilty in friend's grisly death.
Grisly photo adds fuel to wolf hunt debate.