Definition of grisly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrizlē/

adjective (grislier, grisliest)

Causing horror or disgust: the town was shaken by a series of grisly crimes
More example sentences
  • Jurors were spared much of the gory detail in the case, but the horrific nature of the crime and the grisly aftermath was hard to avoid.
  • The story of secrecy, scientific ethics and national security is macabre, grisly and disturbing.
  • This opening scene sets the tone for a grisly, gory and sometimes comic werewolf horror film.



Example sentences
  • But that's the kind of story it is; there's no grisliness for the sake of grisliness - it grows out of the situation, and never dominates the movie.
  • From there, the action quickly shifts to a battlefield that is dominated by a sense of the grisliness and cruelty of war.
  • There's much grisliness on display - including a lively decapitation and some excruciating business involving a bear trap - but I wouldn't call it a satire.


Old English grislic 'terrifying', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch griezelig.

Words that rhyme with grisly

drizzly, grizzly, Sisley

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Syllabification: gris·ly

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