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Causing horror and repugnance; frightful and shocking: a gruesome murder. See Synonyms at ghastly.

[Obsolete grue, to shudder (from Middle English gruen, from Middle Dutch grūwen or Middle Low German gruwen) + -some.]

grue′some·ly adv.
grue′some·ness n.
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Noun1.gruesomeness - the quality of being ghastly
frightfulness - the quality of being frightful
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We have been friends from the beginning: to us are grief, gruesomeness, and ground common; even the sun is common to us.
A select few of us come into this world not bothered by gruesomeness," says Scarpetta in the opening pages of "Depraved Heart".
Abortion Procedures and Medical Ethics at the Nation's Largest Abortion Provider," PPFA's business of baby-body-part harvesting and trafficking was exposed in all its gruesomeness and soul-crunching brutality.
She said: "Flint's story really highlights the gruesomeness of wildlife crime that is happening in our countryside but also to show that Flint has made it through his awful ordeal and is seeking a new home.
Shusaku Endo, renowned twentieth-century Japanese Christian historical novelist, was unusual in his capacity to communicate--without personally having undergone similar explicit oppression--not just sensational gruesomeness, but also the reality of the horrific persecution that Japanese Christians experienced in the early seventeenth century.
Or is there rather a suggestion of shame: of the failure of West Germany at that time to acknowledge the guilt of the era of National Socialism adequately, a curtain behind which the gruesomeness of unacknowledged crime is concealed?
As such, these stories of murder, cannibalism and online assisted suicide do not exaggerate the gruesomeness of the crimes.
Bloom's psychopathic tendencies can be seen as a manifestation of society's apathy and obsession with violence and gruesomeness.
Articles go behind the scenes and on the sets of upcoming horror movies and TV shows to examine the costumes, make-up and technology that create the gruesomeness on the screen.
These lines aestheticize violence by redefining its gruesomeness as the heroine's glory and by presenting the killing literally as a performance in front of an enthusiastic audience.
In fact, all of us are guilty in permitting the Syrian genocide to perpetuate with all of its barbarity and gruesomeness to this day.
The horrific scene has left the viewers in shock, not only because of the gruesomeness of the death, but also because they were rooting for Oberyn to win since his win would also mean Tyrion's freedom.