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Related to gruesomely: bewildering, indescribably


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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Adv.1.gruesomely - in a gruesome manner; "he was gruesomely wounded"
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[ˈgruːsəmli] adv (= horribly) → d'une manière horrible
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adv (+vb) → auf grausame Weise; (+adj) → grausam, schauerlich
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She always, indeed, struck Newland Archer as having been rather gruesomely preserved in the airless atmosphere of a perfectly irreproachable existence, as bodies caught in glaciers keep for years a rosy life-in-death.
The callous disregard he has shown towards this country's democratic system is similar to that shown towards the people of Liverpool and the victims of the Hillsborough disaster who he allowed to be so gruesomely slandered when he was editor of The Spectator magazine.
Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson gruesomely described how humans will die if they get sucked into a black hole.
Considering that most of the 148 lives lost during the ill-fated April 2, 2015 attack were students, the magistrate stressed that they were innocent souls who were mercilessly and gruesomely killed in groups.
In one stand-out sequence, Joseph went to a pub to drown his sorrows and we watched every stage of his descent into drunken oblivion play out in gruesomely painstaking detail.
There may never be any closure, and that fact is gruesomely scary.
Prashantt Guptha, who has featured in Bollywood films such as 'Neerja' and 'Issaq', says owing to nepotism, favouritism, or other 'isms', his journey in Mumbai has been gruesomely tough.
Shakir, who belonged to Sialkot district of Punjab, was gruesomely lynched by Indian prisoners in revenge for the February 14 suicide attack on Indian paramilitary in the Pulwama district of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
Tension had erupted in the county on 2 January when a Gold Miner, Eric Beer, a resident of Gbee and Duru District was allegedly stabbed gruesomely to death by suspect Oldpa Gbassegee.
Pop-up shows and flashmobs will also be held across the theme park, and the spooky Galatica Airways Crew, motley Ghost Pirates and gruesomely gyrating Alton Ancestors will also put in an appearance.
There was a clash among the two, the aspiring future and the gruesomely brutal past.
Synopsis: Christmas break is just a couple of weeks away in New York City when Montpelier student Russell Phillips fetches up dead in a dingy Times Square sex theater with his neck gruesomely snapped and the only clue is a torn receipt from the Montpelier School for Boys bookstore..