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What is the difference between grisly and gruesome?



 
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What is the difference between grisly and gruesome? #1 (permalink) Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:04 am   What is the difference between grisly and gruesome?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #240 "Confusing Words test (14)", question 9

While the family was camping, they heard a loud growl in the bushes. They were afraid that it might be a bear because they were camping in ......... country.

(a) grisly
(b) gruesome
(c) grizzly

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #240 "Confusing Words test (14)", answer 9

While the family was camping, they heard a loud growl in the bushes. They were afraid that it might be a bear because they were camping in grizzly country.

Correct answer: (c) grizzly
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What is the difference between grisly and gruesome? #2 (permalink) Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:01 am   What is the difference between grisly and gruesome?
 

'grizzly' here refers to a specific animal. The 'grizzly bear' is a species of brown bear from North America. The tips of its fur are greyish in colour - a grizzled person or a person with grizzled hair has hair that is grey or partly grey.

Gruesome means extremely unpleasant and shocking.
"There has been a gruesome murder in the county."
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What is the difference between grisly and gruesome? #3 (permalink) Thu Jun 03, 2010 13:46 pm   What is the difference between grisly and gruesome?
 

Hi Mirko,
Grisly: shocking, horrible, gruesome etc.
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What is the difference between grisly and gruesome? #4 (permalink) Thu Jun 03, 2010 13:56 pm   What is the difference between grisly and gruesome?
 

Linda wrote:
Hi Mirko,
Grisly: shocking, horrible, gruesome etc.

Yeah, but what is the difference between "grisly" and "gruesome"?
(I believe that was the original question, and I'm fresh out of ideas...)
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What is the difference between grisly and gruesome? #5 (permalink) Thu Jun 03, 2010 14:02 pm   What is the difference between grisly and gruesome?
 

Because of the copied/pasted question, I assumed the poster meant 'grizzly' and it was a mis-spelling.

If not, then there is no significant difference. They are synonyms.
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