grisly

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Late Old English grisliċ. Cognate with German grässlich. Compare German grausen and Danish grusom.

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grisly (comparative grislier, superlative grisliest)

  1. horrifyingly repellent; terrifying, gruesome
    The photos of the killings depict a grisly scene.
    • 2017 January 19, Peter Bradshaw, “T2 Trainspotting review – choose a sequel that doesn't disappoint”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Perhaps you have to have seen the first film to like this one; to feel, like the young fans of Harry Potter, that without knowing or wanting it, you have grown up with its grisly protagonists.

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