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[gawr-ee, gohr-ee] /ˈgɔr i, ˈgoʊr i/
adjective, gorier, goriest.
covered or stained with gore; bloody.
resembling gore.
involving much bloodshed and violence:
a gory battle.
unpleasant or disagreeable:
to reveal the gory details of a divorce.
1470-80; gore1 + -y1
Related forms
gorily, adverb
goriness, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for gory


adjective gorier, goriest
horrific or bloodthirsty: a gory story
involving bloodshed and killing: a gory battle
covered in gore
Derived Forms
gorily, adverb
goriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gory

"blood-soaked," late 15c., from gore (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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