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
Attackers beheaded their enemies and even ate their organs in ghastly rituals.
Spell: There is, hidden from view, tucked away in the West 30's on the north end of town, heartbreaking poverty and ghastly living conditions that some of our more vulnerable neighbors endure daily.
Jon Snow has been named King of the North Having reunited with his sister Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and reclaimed Winterfell from the ghastly Boltons, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was proclaimed King of the North.
There's an exceptionally ghastly unfinished painting of a woman's head on a surreal green landscape that keeps hanging around in the background of Clare's bedroom and is beyond distracting.
And in meticulous and ghastly detail Tuesday at the Criminal Justice Center, an associate medical examiner explained exactly what that meant.
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—
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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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