grisly vs grizzly : Common Errors in English

grisly or grizzly

“Grisly” means “horrible”; a “grizzly” is a bear. “The grizzly left behind the grisly remains of his victim.” “Grizzled,” means “having gray hairs,” not to be confused with “gristly,” full of gristle.
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  • s  shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    a grisly murder

  • n  powerful brownish-yellow bear of the uplands of western North America
  • s  showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
News & Articles

  • Former hit man expected to testify in Bulger murder trial
    By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - Jurors are expected to hear more grisly details about reputed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger's reign of terror in Boston when a former hit man testifies against his ex-boss in the closely watched racketeering and murder trial on Monday. Bulger faces a 32-count indictment that includes 19 murders he allegedly committed or ordered. ...
    June 17, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! News
  • The Twenty Grisliest TV Death Scenes of the 2012-13 Season
    If you felt that the television season that just ended pushed the envelope in the gore department, you aren't alone. We created this slideshow of twenty grisly deaths both as a fitting eulogy to our Best of TV week and as a way to do our part in documenting the ... More »
    June 17, 2013 - Vulture
  • They’re ‘Crossing’ int’l ‘Lines’
    Serial killers are a dime a dozen on TV this year, what with “The Following,” “Hannibal,” and the various CBS procedurals that trade in grisly specifics and menace directed at women. This summer, NBC is trying to change up the game by taking the standard features of the crime drama...
    June 14, 2013 - New York Post