ghastly

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adjective ghast·ly \ˈgast-lē\

Definition of ghastly

ghastlier

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ghastliest

  1. 1a :  terrifyingly horrible to the senses :  frightening a ghastly crimeb :  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

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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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