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ghoul

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noun \ˈgül\

Simple Definition of ghoul

  • : an evil creature in frightening stories that robs graves and eats dead bodies

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ghoul

  1. 1 :  a legendary evil being that robs graves and feeds on corpses

  2. 2 :  one suggestive of a ghoul; especially :  one who shows morbid interest in things considered shocking or repulsive

ghoulish

play \ˈgü-lish\ adjective

ghoulishly

adverb

ghoulishness

noun

Examples of ghoul in a sentence

  1. <in Arabic folklore, ghouls could change their shapes but had one unchanging feature: donkey's hooves for feet>



Origin and Etymology of ghoul

Arabic ghūl


First Known Use: 1786


GHOUL Defined for Kids

ghoul

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noun \ˈgül\

Definition of ghoul for Students

  1. 1 :  an evil being of legend that robs graves and feeds on dead bodies

  2. 2 :  someone whose activities suggest those of a ghoul :  an evil or frightening person





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