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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.
Origin of gory
1470-80; gore1 + -y1
Related forms
gorily, adverb
goriness, noun Unabridged
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  • The projectile had entered the chest, and slanting upwards, had burst among the vitals, reducing them to a gory pulp.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • He hated it for what he knew it was behind the gory mask, and for what it had done to his eyes.

    The Hoofer Walter M. Miller
  • The broken and gory body was kicked through the railing for the last time.

    The Centralia Conspiracy Ralph Chaplin
  • Swiftly, in order, and without much cruelty the gory work was done.

  • Over seventy in all were slaughtered, and their gory bodies piled up in one promiscuous mass in the centre of the square.

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).

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