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Definition repellent or sickening — frequently as with the uncensored depiction of gruesome death or injury
  • 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
  • As at the waving of a magician's wand, up rose a grisly phantom...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • One more to swell the grim and grisly ranks of the Undead!
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • A rally washeld, after which the armed men went on a rampage, murdering approximately thirty people in a dreadful and grisly attack.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • 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
  • The grisly photograph was taken on the white conference table by a sterile house technician under the reluctant supervision of Morris Panov.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He scrabbled for the dagger where Sebastian had dropped it, next to the grisly remains of his hand.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • 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
  • Many of the houses were afire, and the Jaqqa rhan had been about their grisly work.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • 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
  • At three A.M., the scene is so grisly that Mary is no longer admitted.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • "I suspect that's something you do remember, grisly details being the most memorable."
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • I had to look at Nigel to see whether he was making a grisly joke.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • One might have been tempted to think his frock coat gave off a grisly odor, but that would have been pure prejudice.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • 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
  • If he were dead up there these three days, it would be a grisly business.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Within the next mile we counted six more hanging forms by the blaze of the lightning, and altogether it was a grisly excursion.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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