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a grisly murder
  repellent or sickening — frequently as with the uncensored depiction of gruesome death or injury
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Do not confuse this with grizzly (a type of bear).
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  • a grisly murder
  • Even by the standards of plane crashes, it was a grisly tragedy...
    Time, 2009  --,28804,1914815_1914808_1914788,00.html(retrieved 10/15/09)
  • grisly statistics
  • I went in and saw the surgeon labor awhile, but could not enjoy; it was much less trying to see the wounds given and received than to see them mended;’s nerves were wrung by this grisly spectacle, whilst the duel’s compensating pleasurable thrill was lacking.
    Mark Twain  --  A Tramp Abroad

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  • As at the waving of a magician’s wand, up rose a grisly phantom...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Like your lyrics, all those grisly images on Collateral Damage.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • No judge wants to deal with attack ads that highlight the grisly details of a murder case in which the judge failed to impose the most severe punishment.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Maybe he just wanted to lead us to a grisly death.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • "I suspect that’s something you do remember, grisly details being the most memorable."
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Her command was certainly more than adequate and—for me, anyway—actually enhanced by her small stumbles in the thickets of syntax, especially upon the snags of our grisly irregular verbs.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • There is one picture, a lithoprint of two coy, grisly children in pseudo-peasant costume, vaguely Austrian, using a mushroom for an umbrella.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The purple, puckered scar was even grislier than the ones Aunt Hannah and Martin had shown them.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Nazi Invasion, 1944
  • "How’s your grisly, godawful case coming?"
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Not a choice between his own grisly death and an even worse murder.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The Ares chariot was bloodred, and pulled by two grisly horse skeletons.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • With Peeta’s grisly account fresh in our minds, we crunch through the streets of broken glass until we reach our target, the block we are to take.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Harry, Ron, and Hermione stood alone, in the middle of the corridor, as silence fell among the mass of students pressing forward to see the grisly sight.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • He willingly gave the grisly details to any customer who asked—young girl, cornfield, found only an elbow.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Sophie vaguely recalled the name from a grisly tale in history class.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It would come, and it would come; a grisly thing, a specter born in the black caverns of terror; a power primeval, cosmic, shadowing the tortures of the lost souls flung out to chaos and destruction.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The picture in my head had turned so grisly that I couldn’t bear it.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • One more to swell the grim and grisly ranks of the Undead!
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • A grisly black bird A bird that feeds on the dead To my amazement, I actually remembered something.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Roran darted forward and swung his hammer, catching the sentry on the shoulder with a grisly crunch.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He was never absent during business hours, unless upon an errand, and then he was represented by his son: a grisly urchin of twelve, who was his express image.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • How gloriously he would go plowing the dancing seas, in his long, low, black-hulled racer, the Spirit of the Storm, with his grisly flag flying at the fore!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The more grisly my situation became, the more I felt as if some immense power were sucking me into some giant undertow.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • There was a grisly picture up toward the top, a grainy image of a body sprawled on some pavement, stick-skinny limbs bent at odd angles.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Shortly afterwards, the like grisly sense of the humorous again stole in among the solemn phantoms of his thought.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The image of Leonardo Vetra came back in grisly detail-the bloody face, the solitary hazel eye staring back, and the empty eye socket.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Harry didn’t understand why, but the only possible cause was the sudden appearance of the skull, which had now risen high enough to illuminate the entire wood like some grisly neon sign.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • It was grisly.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Rather poetic in a grisly sort of way, what?
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • When the grisly spine was severed, the head was too heavy to carry.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • It was a grisly thing, this light touch from this noiseless and invisible presence; it made the boy sick with ghostly fears.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • This is a grisly joke.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • It seemed vaguely to Danny that the story had bad a happy ending, but that had paled to insignificance beside the two dominant images: the taunting, maddening locked door with some great secret behind it, and the grisly secret itself, repeated more than half a dozen times.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He scrabbled for the dagger where Sebastian had dropped it, next to the grisly remains of his hand.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • When the grisly trip was ended, Johnny took Tilly home, feeling that his was the responsibility of explaining.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • New pictures adorned the walls, many of them showing people who appeared to be in pain, sporting grisly injuries or strangely contorted body parts.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • So spake the grisly Terror, and in shape, So speaking and so threatening, grew tenfold, More dreadful and deform.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • I knew of her enchantment and her fate, From high-born dame to peasant wench transformed And touched with pity, first I turned the leaves Of countless volumes of my devilish craft, And then, in this grim grisly skeleton Myself encasing, hither have I come To show where lies the fitting remedy To give relief in such a piteous case.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • They will find our bodies in some smoking field, strewn about in the grisly attitudes of death.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • This grisly beast, which by name Lion hight, The trusty Thisby, coming first by night, Did scare away, or rather did affright; And as she fled, her mantle she did fall; Which Lion vile with bloody mouth did stain: Anon comes Pyramus, sweet youth, and tall, And finds his trusty Thisby’s mantle slain; Whereat with blade, with bloody blameful blade, He bravely broach’d his boiling bloody breast; And Thisby, tarrying in mulberry shade, His dagger drew, and died.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • It was grisly work, but it went quickly, for they both knew exactly what kinds of wounds the soldiers should have to ensure the success of the deception, and neither of them wished to linger.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Then again, it had been spectacularly grisly.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • "Women should not attend such grisly spectacles," he says.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • They scampered for their things in panic, stooping hurriedly and looking askance at each gentle, knee-high wave bubbling in as though some ugly, red, grisly organ like a liver or a lung might come washing right up against them.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • And on page four of The New York Times, in an article headlined MARINES’ HARDEST FIGHT, the grisly statistics began to unspool: Now the Marines have come to their hardest battle, a battle still unwon.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
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