gory vs sanguinary what difference

what is difference between gory and sanguinary

English

Etymology

From gore +‎ -y. Compare Middle English güre, gire, girre (gory, clotted), from Old English gyr, gyru (filthy, muddy), from gor (dirt, dung); Old Frisian gere, iere (muddy water). More at gore.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡɔː.ɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡɔɹ.i/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːri

Adjective

gory (comparative gorier, superlative goriest)

  1. Covered with blood; very bloody.
  2. (informal) Unpleasant.
    Her autobiography gives all the gory details of her many divorces.

Translations

Anagrams

  • Győr, gyro, gyro-, ogry, orgy

Lower Sorbian

Noun

gory

  1. Superseded spelling of góry.


English

Etymology

From Middle English sanguinarie, from Latin sanguinārius.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsæŋɡwɪnəɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsæŋɡwɪnɛɹi/
  • Hyphenation: san‧gui‧nar‧y

Adjective

sanguinary (comparative more sanguinary, superlative most sanguinary)

  1. (of an event) Involving bloodshed.
    Synonyms: bloody, gory
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, “Unity in Religion” (Google preview):
      We may not propagate religion by wars, or by sanguinary persecutions to force consciences.
    • 1887, Henry Rider Haggard, Allan Quatermain, Chapter XIII:
      [] every one of which took its rise from some noble family that succeeded in grasping the purple after a sanguinary struggle.”
  2. (of a person) Eager to shed blood; bloodthirsty.
    Synonyms: bloodthirsty, bloody-minded, butcherous, slaughterous
    • c. 1730, William Broome:
      Passion [] makes us brutal and sanguinary.
  3. (of an object) Consisting of, covered with, or similar in appearance to blood.
    Synonyms: bloodsoaked, bloody, gory
    • I was once, I remember, called to a patient who had received a violent contusion in his tibia, by which the exterior cutis was lacerated, so that there was a profuse sanguinary discharge []
    • 1913, H. G. Wells, Little Wars, Section VI:
      Here is the premeditation, the thrill, the strain of accumulating victory or disaster—and no smashed nor sanguinary bodies [] , that we who are old enough to remember a real modern war know to be the reality of belligerence.
    • 1929, Robert Dean Frisbee, The Book of Puka-Puka (republished by Eland, 2019; p. 117):
      We reached the Point just as a flood of sunset light was dripping from the heavens, staining the lagoon an ominous, sanguinary hue.

Usage notes

  • Not to be confused with sanguine. Sanguine can mean “optimistic”, while sanguinary means “bloodthirsty, gory”.

Related terms

Translations

Noun

sanguinary (plural sanguinaries)

  1. A bloodthirsty person.
  2. The plant common yarrow, or herba sanguinaria (Achillea millefolium).

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