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Revolutionary urge with several revolting (8)


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'revolting' is the definition.

'revolutionary urge with several' is the wordplay.
'revolutionary' indicates anagramming the letters.
'with' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'several' becomes 'some' (similar in meaning).
'urge' with letters rearranged gives 'grue'.

(Other definitions for gruesome that I've seen before include "'Ghastly, grisly (8)'" , "Causing horror or repulsion" , "'Grisly, macabre (8)'" , "Go, resume being revolting or gruesome" , "Repulsive, horrid" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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