gruesomely

gruesome

[groo-suhm]
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:
1560–70; obsolete grue to shudder (cognate with German grauen, Dutch gruwen) + -some1

gruesomely, adverb
gruesomeness, noun
ungruesome, adjective
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gruesome (ˈɡruːsəm)
 
adj
inspiring repugnance and horror; ghastly
 
[C16: originally Northern English and Scottish; see grue, -some1]
 
'gruesomely
 
adv
 
'gruesomeness
 
n

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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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