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.
/ˈɡruːsəm/
adjective
1.
inspiring repugnance and horror; ghastly
adj.

1560s, with -some (1) + Middle English gruen “feel horror, shudder” (c.1300); not recorded in Old English or Norse, possibly from Middle Dutch gruwen or Middle Low German gruwen “shudder with fear” (cf. German grausam “cruel”), or from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish grusom “cruel,” grue “to dread,” though others hold that these are Low German loan-words). One of the many Scottish words popularized in England by Scott’s novels.

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