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an archaic or US spelling of gruesome
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(ˈgru səm)

1. causing horror and repugnance: a gruesome murder.
2. full of problems; distressing.
[1560–70; obsolete or dial. grue to shudder (Middle English < Scandinavian; compare early Dan grue, early Swedish grua shudder) + -some1]
grue′some•ly, adv.
grue′some•ness, n.
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References in classic literature ?
Beneath the trees grewsome kind of lush, wet, bushy vegetation with silver-lit leaves and stems here and there.
For a long moment she watched, breathless; unable to believe the evidence of her own eyes--that these grewsome things moved and had life!
I tull ye ut was fair grewsome. We putt hum together an' rolled hum in canvas uz we pulled hum out."
One is not even made wet by the rain nor cold by the frost; while death, instead of stalking about grewsome and accidental, becomes a prearranged pageant, moving along a well-oiled groove to the family vault, where the hinges are kept from rusting and the dust from the air is swept continually away.