grue|some [ˈgru:səm] adj
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: grue 'to shake (with fear)' (14-19 centuries), from Middle Dutch gruwen]
very unpleasant or shocking, and involving someone being killed or badly injured
Police described it as a particularly gruesome attack.
Spare me the gruesome details.
>gruesomely adv

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