• WordNet 3.6
    • n gruesomeness the quality of being ghastly
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gruesomeness The quality of being gruesome or frightful.
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In literature:

Night came and "runners" were still bringing in the gruesome details.
"Soldier Silhouettes on our Front" by William L. Stidger
But I thrust away the gruesome vision resolutely.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
The child was too young and ran away from the gruesome task.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
But without wasting much time on this gruesome thought, they hurried to a window commanding the best view of the parsonage, and raised it.
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
Sssuri straightened up from his last gruesome bit of stage-setting with a sigh of relief.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
From the shore I heard a gruesome noise.
"Police!!!" by Robert W. Chambers
She pictured him floating on the surface of a Hampstead pond and a shudder went over her at the gruesome thought.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
She caught her foot in one of those gruesome chains and stumbled forward, falling on her hands and knee.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
If the above gruesome list does not warn the over-zealous inquirer, his indigestion be on his own head.
"The Gourmet's Guide to Europe" by Algernon Bastard
He says truly that the gruesome, the disgusting, the repellent are not fit subjects for cabinet pictures.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
Space was at a premium in that gruesome madhouse.
"Caves of Terror" by Talbot Mundy
Gruesome satellite, by nature's laws forever to follow us.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
I went back to that gruesome hostelry and wrote an article on 'Impecunious Life in London.
"The Making Of A Novelist" by David Christie Murray
And somehow those gruesome statistics seemed tied up with his own experience.
"The Street That Wasn't There" by Clifford Donald Simak
Dick read the burial service reverently and they finished this gruesome job.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
The old cemetery with its gruesome headstones oppressed her.
"Glory of Youth" by Temple Bailey
Then I looked myself in it for a moment, and made a gruesome face.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith" by D. M. Moir
Those restless wood-dwellers, that never sleep, were sending startling gruesome calls to each other.
"At Fault" by Kate Chopin
Men with long, gruesome, glittering spears came through a doorway.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
The candle revealed the gruesome situation dimly.
"Owen Clancy's Happy Trail" by Burt L. Standish

In poetry:

Oh, fair, they say, was his bride to see,
And wilful she must have been,
That she could bide at his gruesome side
When the first red dawn came in.
"The Gravedigger" by Bliss William Carman
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
Who are they? Omar first you see,
With Vine and Rose and Nightingale,
Voicing my pet philosphy
Of Wine and Song. . . . Then Reading Gaol,
Where Fate a gruesome pattern makes,
And dawn-light shudders as it wakes.
"Bookshelf" by Robert W Service
The eldest son bestrides him,
And the pretty daughter rides him,
And I meet him oft o' mornings on the Course;
And there kindles in my bosom
An emotion chill and gruesome
As I canter past the Undertaker's Horse.
"The Undertaker's Horse.." by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

The tale of gruesome happenings at Camp Crystal Lake didn't do much for critics, but audiences ate up its grindhouse-style gore.
Levi Aron, the Brooklyn man accused of kidnapping, murdering and dismembering 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky last year, will plead guilty to the gruesome killing, sources confirmed to amNewYork Wednesday.
ESPN 300 wide receiver has raised his level of play following gruesome leg injury.
The Spain defender injured his arm during a gruesome fall on Oct 2 in a Champions League match at Benfica.
(CBS/AP) Police are trying to unravel a gruesome mystery in Washington County that's left a mother and recent newborn dead.
Using facial recognition , the feature transforms the player into a gruesome zombie.
That day the cloud took the form of the gruesome aftermath of a collision between a deer and a car driven at high speed.
Writer Karin Slaughter has seen the fallout of some of Atlanta's most gruesome crimes and most dramatic transitions.
Marty Syjuco, producer: Give Up Tomorrow is a jaw-dropping story about a young man who is wrongfully accused of a gruesome crime and sentenced to death.
Gruesome details revealed in Fiore's death.
Gruesome Justin Bieber Murder Plot Uncovered by Police (Report).
Family speaks of horror after gruesome murder.
Gruesome slayings put man on Most Wanted list.
Wild hogs have a gruesome predatory side.
Joba Chamberlain will take another step toward a return to the majors, pitching in a simulated game Friday for the first time since suffering a gruesome ankle injury in late-March.