Definition of ghastly
- a ghastly crime
- such a life seems ghastly in its emptiness and sterility
- —Aldous Huxley
- a ghastly mistake
You're making a ghastly mistake.
His room was a ghastly mess.
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acute, almighty, blistering, deep, dreadful, excruciating, explosive, exquisite, fearful, fearsome, ferocious, fierce, frightful, furious, hard, heavy, heavy-duty, intense, intensive, keen, profound, terrible, vehement, vicious, violent;
: very shocking or horrible
: very bad
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