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3 definitions found
 for grisly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grisly \Gris"ly\, a. [OE, grisly, grislich, AS. grislic,
     gryslic, fr. gr?san to shudder; cf. OD. grijselick horrible,
     OHG. grisenl?ch, and also AS. gre?san to frighten, and E.
     gruesome.]
     Frightful; horrible; dreadful; harsh; as, grisly locks; a
     grisly specter. "Grisly to behold." --Chaucer.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           A man of grisly and stern gravity.       --Robynson
                                                    (More's
                                                    Utopia).
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Grisly bear. (Zool.) See under Grizzly.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  grisly
      adj 1: shockingly repellent; inspiring horror; "ghastly wounds";
             "the grim aftermath of the bombing"; "the grim task of
             burying the victims"; "a grisly murder"; "gruesome
             evidence of human sacrifice"; "macabre tales of war and
             plague in the Middle ages"; "macabre tortures conceived
             by madmen" [syn: ghastly, grim, grisly, gruesome,
             macabre, sick]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  67 Moby Thesaurus words for "grisly":
     abhorrent, abominable, appalling, astounding, awe-inspiring,
     awesome, awful, blue, cadaverous, corpselike, deadly, deathlike,
     deathly, deathly pale, dire, direful, disgusting, dread, dreaded,
     dreadful, eerie, fell, forbidding, formidable, foul, frightful,
     ghastly, ghostlike, ghostly, ghoulish, gory, grim, gruesome,
     haggard, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrific,
     horrifying, livid, loathsome, lurid, macabre, morbid, mortuary,
     nasty, nauseating, offensive, pale, redoubtable, repellent,
     repelling, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, schrecklich, shocking,
     sickening, terrible, terrific, terrifying, tremendous, uncanny,
     unearthly, wan, weird
  
  

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