• WordNet 3.6
    • adj gruesome 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 Gruesome Ugly; frightful. "Grewsome sights of war."
    • a gruesome Ugly; frightful. Same as grewsome.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gruesome Causing one to shudder; frightfully dismal or depressing; horribly repulsive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Gruesome grōō′sum horrible: fearful: dismal, depressing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From a word akin to Dan. gru, horror, terror + -some,; cf. D. gruwzaam, G. grausam,. Cf. Grisly
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand.; Dan. gru, horror, with suff. -som; cf. Dut. gruwzaam, Ger. grausam.


In literature:

Beyond that was grim and gruesome silence.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
It fascinated Donaldson with the allurement of the gruesome.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
But the effect is, if anything, more gruesome.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
I looked around my little cell with a gruesome gesture.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
I could tell you some gruesome stories connected with them.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
It lay like a gruesome shell, as though some fire had swept all its interior.
"The White Invaders" by Raymond King Cummings
There is effort still, sometimes gruesome effort; but it is all different from what it was.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
Then I looked myself in it for a moment, and made a gruesome face.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch Tailor in Dalkeith, written by himself" by David Macbeth Moir
Into that hole entered Adlington's terrific bombs and their gruesome fellows, and where they entered, life departed.
"Triplanetary" by Edward Elmer Smith
This gruesome deed was a warning to Alexander's daughter to be true to her husband.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
On a platform twenty feet above us a group of tiny infant brains sat in a gruesome row, goggling down on us.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
The sound of the accordion seemed gruesome now.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
I love gruesome stories.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
This gruesome scene was painted to gratify the avengers of Giuliano.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
I'm sure there's a mystery: something too gruesome and terrible to be divulged.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
And this engendered the gruesome thought that if that happened now they would be crushed out flat.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
The Ermetyne, dangling loosely over Quillan's left shoulder, looked fairly gruesomely dead.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
It's gruesomely overrated, I think.
"Play the Game!" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
What credence could I expect for a tale so gruesome, within walls warmed by so much sunshine and joy.
"The Bronze Hand" by Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
Nell, I inform you of the gruesome fact now; and that I shall endure agonies every time I see you dancing with another man.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice

In poetry:

But there - enough of gruesome deeds!
My heart, in thinking of them, bleeds;
And so let SIMPLE JAMES take wing, -
'Tis not of him I'm going to sing.
"Pasha Bailey Ben" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Out of the gruesome darkness and the gloom
I saw it peering; and, in still despair,
I watched it gliding swift across the room,
Until it came and stood beside my chair.
"Spectres" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
A land in thrall to ancient mystic faiths,
A land of iron creeds and gruesome deeds,
A land of superstitions vast and grim,
And all the noisome growths that Darkness breeds.
"India" by John Oxenham
Those eyes, transfixed with such a gruesome stare,
Once beamed with laughter, innocent and bright;
The morning gave no presage of the night;
A smile may be the prelude of despair.
"The Suicide." by Alfred Castner King
The boldest hesitate to tread
Those gruesome courts at night;
'Tis whispered that a spectral form
Then haunts the lonely height;
For he who built this home apart
Had stabbed his rival to the heart.
"Villa Pliniana" by John Lawson Stoddard
And ah! but that is a gruesome sight
For the followers of the king.
The cheeks grow pale that once were bright,
And they sob instead of sing.
And their teeth drop out and their eyes grow red,
And they cannot sleep when they go to bed.
"The King Of Candyland" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Scene where 2 children stabbed to death most gruesome he's seen.
The police chief in the Chicago suburb where two children were stabbed to death says the crime scene was the most gruesome he's ever seen.
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South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore suffers gruesome injury (video).
South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore suffers gruesome knee injury.
'Silent Hill: Revelation': grim and gruesome franchise slogs on.
Hot dogs, cheese, sauerkraut among gruesome ingredients.
Austria probes gruesome fate of Nazi-era disabled.
5 dead in gruesome arson-homicide at bar.
Gruesome photos, details revealed during sentencing hearing of mom who glued kid's hands to wall.
An investigation is ongoing after a gruesome discovery is made Sunday at Milwaukee's lakefront .
Experts encourage parents to protect young children from seeing gruesome details.
A Gruesome "Sabbath": Roth's Vile, Brilliant Masterpiece .
The nationally recognized Harry S Truman High School Drama Club will present "Gruesome Playground Injuries" for a two-night run beginning Thursday.