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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gruesome mean? 

GRUESOME (adjective)
  The adjective GRUESOME has 1 sense:

1. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

  Familiarity information: GRUESOME used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

GRUESOME (adjective)

Sense 1gruesome [BACK TO TOP]


Shockingly repellent; inspiring horror


ghastly; grisly; gruesome; macabre; grim; sick

Context examples:

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


alarming (causing alarm or fear)

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