1 [griz-lee]
adjective, grislier, grisliest.
causing a shudder or feeling of horror; horrible; gruesome: a grisly murder.
formidable; grim: a grisly countenance.

before 1150; Middle English; Old English grislīc horrible; cognate with Old High German grīsenlīh

grisliness, noun Unabridged


2 [gris-lee]
adjective, grislier, grisliest. Obsolete. Unabridged
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grisly1 (ˈɡrɪzlɪ)
adj , -lier, -liest
causing horror or dread; gruesome
[Old English grislic; related to Old Frisian grislik, Old High German grīsenlīh]

grisly2 (ˈɡrɪzlɪ)
n , pl -lies
obsolete a variant spelling of grizzly

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Word Origin & History

O.E. grislic "horrible, dreadful," from grisan "to shudder, fear" (cf Du. griezelen, Ger. grausen "to shudder, fear").
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Example sentences
Grisly evidence of these killings has been surfacing all week.
Scientists have discovered a tiny, one-celled parasite that causes a grisly and
  fatal infection in krill.
Lao villagers swap grisly tales of corpses dumped in the river.
But how and what, exactly, caused the grisly scourge has sparked a boxing match
  of sorts within the pages of scientific journals.
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