Definition of grisly in English:

grisly

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Pronunciation: /ˈgrɪzli
 
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adjective (grislier, grisliest)

Derivatives

grisliness

noun
More 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.

Origin

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

Usage

The words grisly and grizzly are quite different in meaning, though often confused. Grisly means ‘causing horror or disgust’, as in grisly crimes , whereas grizzly is chiefly used with reference to a kind of large American bear, and can also mean ‘grey or grey-haired’.

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