The adjective gruesome means very unpleasant or shocking. The word gruesome is often used to describe things that are shocking or gory.

  • The gruesome scene made him nauseous.

  • The gruesome scene made her cry.

Definition of gruesome


shockingly repellent; inspiring horror


ghastly, grim, grisly, macabre, sick

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Example Sentences for gruesome

  • 1

    Is there anything gruesome in the movie

  • 2

    Leave the gruesome pictures out of it.

  • 3

    The gruesome event shocked the villagers.

  • 4

    The means of death was to be particularly gruesome.

  • 5

    The war was gruesome to most soldiers.

  • 6

    It's not as if the photos are showing the gruesome slaughter of the animal.

  • 7

    In the books, the origins of the character are rather gruesome.

  • 8

    The state should meddle into such gruesome barbarism.

  • 9

    It was fairly gruesome as the only image in the article at the time.

  • 10

    The Macho male is revealed quite gruesomely in this work.