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Horror ImpactPlay
Use 'gruesome' to describe scenes or details that are meant to shock or disgust, especially in horror genres. SlideThe gruesome depiction of zombies overwhelmed him.
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Emotional WeightPlay
'Gruesome' carries a heavy emotional charge; it can elicit strong reactions or emotions. SlideNews reporters often avoid the word 'gruesome' to maintain a neutral tone.
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Visual ImageryPlay
When 'gruesome' is used, it typically creates a vivid, shocking image in the mind's eye. SlideThe book's gruesome illustrations were not suitable for children.