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gruesome

[groo-suh m] /ˈgru səm/
adjective
1.
causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly:
the site of a gruesome murder.
2.
full of or causing problems; distressing:
a gruesome day at the office.
Also, grewsome.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; obsolete grue to shudder (cognate with German grauen, Dutch gruwen) + -some1
Related forms
gruesomely, adverb
gruesomeness, noun
ungruesome, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gruesomely

gruesome

/ˈɡruːsəm/
adjective
1.
inspiring repugnance and horror; ghastly
Derived Forms
gruesomely, adverb
gruesomeness, noun
Word Origin
C16: originally Northern English and Scottish; see grue, -some1
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Word Origin and History for gruesomely
gruesome
1570, from M.E. gruen "feel horror, shudder" (c.1300), possibly from M.Du. gruwen or M.L.G. gruwen "shudder with fear" (cf. Ger. grausam "cruel"), or from a Scand. source (cf. Dan. grusom "cruel," grue "to dread," though others hold that these are Low Ger. loan-words). One of the many Scottish words popularized in England by Scott's novels.
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