American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Inspiring repugnance; gruesome. See Synonyms at ghastly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Such as to inspire fear; frightful; terrible; gruesome; grim: as, a grisly countenance; a grisly specter.
- Frightfully; terribly.
- An obsolete spelling of grizzly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Frightful; horrible; dreadful; harsh.
- adj. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
- Late Old English grisliċ. Compare German grausen and Danish grusom. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English grisli, from Old English grislīc; see ghrēi- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
““The Veldt”, also by Bradbury, which chronicled in grisly fashion the dangers of holodeck technology.”
“However, as their team begins to get picked off in grisly manners not fit for television, they realize they are in over their heads.”
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“Are journalists ever going to get beyond the word grisly?”
““Of course,” he is told bluntly, though he then hears, in grisly detail, about the sacrificial murder of a Vermont woodsman.”
“[Prosecutor describes housewife's rape, killing in grisly detail, Newsday, March 24, 2006].”
“While undergoing hypnotherapy, a middle-aged nun unexpectedly recalls the grisly details of a cold-blooded killing she witnessed when she was five years old.”
“All are charged in what police call a grisly plot to kidnap, torture and behead a British Muslim soldier.”
“But today the president acknowledged the terrorists are still a major threat all around the world and took the extraordinary step of quoting bin Laden's own words in letters to followers, also what the president called grisly al Qaeda training manuals to dramatize how dangerous the terrorist group is right now.”
“Ross recalled grisly details from his cram lessons.”
“It is an effort to the hosts, who regard the whole business as a mere paying off of debts; and an effort to the guests, who, as they go to dress, recall grisly memories of former similar experiences.”
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