Definition of ghastly
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 : resembling a ghost
3 obsolete : filled with fear
4 : very great a ghastly mistake
Examples of ghastly in a Sentence
You're making a ghastly mistake.
His room was a ghastly mess.
Recent Examples of ghastly from the Web
His successor, Pope Benedict, who read many of the ghastly reports during his time as the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog, made key policy changes to protect children and hold priests accountable for abuse.
Our friendships are challenged daily in new and ghastly ways, thanks in large part to social media and texting.
As sectarian death squads ramped up their ethnic cleansing of Baghdad neighborhoods, ghastly discoveries across the city became routine—
As if being in space wasn't hard enough on an astronaut's body, they're forced to drink coffee in a ghastly manner.
By that point, three years into Europe’s ghastliest conflict, neither the British nor their allies had made much progress against the enemy.
The messages, some of which gained thousands of retweets, offered a small glimmer of hope in an otherwise ghastly night of carnage, confusion and loss.
The lesson: despite the suffering of sufferings, the horror of an untimely ghastly death, dialogue continues.
An early scene, in which the helicopters pass through a ghastly electrical storm, isn’t just the usual thing of shaking cameras, smeary cuts and thunderous sound.
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GHASTLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ghastly for English Language Learners
: very shocking or horrible
: very bad
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