ghastly

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adjective ghast·ly \ˈgast-lē\

Definition of ghastly

ghastlier

ghastliest

  1. 1 a :  terrifyingly horrible to the senses :  frightening <a ghastly crime> b :  intensely unpleasant, disagreeable, or objectionable <such a life seems ghastly in its emptiness and sterility — Aldous Huxley>

  2. 2 :  resembling a ghost

  3. 3 obsolete :  filled with fear

  4. 4 :  very great <a ghastly mistake>

ghastliness

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ghastly

adverb

Examples of ghastly in a sentence

  1. You're making a ghastly mistake.

  2. His room was a ghastly mess.

Origin and Etymology of ghastly

Middle English gastly, from gasten to terrify — more at gast


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ghastly

ghastly, grisly, gruesome, macabre, lurid mean horrifying and repellent in appearance or aspect. ghastly suggests the terrifying aspects of corpses and ghosts <a ghastly accident>. grisly and gruesome suggest additionally the results of extreme violence or cruelty <an unusually grisly murder> <suffered a gruesome death>. macabre implies a morbid preoccupation with the physical aspects of death <a macabre tale of premature burial>. lurid adds to gruesome the suggestion of shuddering fascination with violent death and especially with murder <the lurid details of a crime>.

GHASTLY Defined for English Language Learners

ghastly

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adjective ghast·ly \ˈgast-lē\

Definition of ghastly for English Language Learners

  • : very shocking or horrible

  • : very bad


GHASTLY Defined for Kids

ghastly

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adjective ghast·ly \ˈgast-lē\

Definition of ghastly for Students

ghastlier

ghastliest

  1. 1 :  very shocking or horrible <a ghastly crime> <a ghastly mistake>

  2. 2 :  like a ghost :  pale <a ghastly face>



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