ghost story


Definition of ghost story 

1 : a story about ghosts

2 : a tale based on imagination rather than fact

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That, to Rambin, is the real underlying terror to this ghost story. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Leven Rambin May Be a Tiny Bit Psychic," 26 Sep. 2018 And other people have told ghost stories about the White House for years. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Jenna Bush Hager Shares a Scary Story About the White House Being ‘Haunted’," 18 Oct. 2018 These included ghost stories and opportunities for young people to meet and court each other. Regina Hansen, WSJ, "The Multicultural Past of Our Commercial Halloween," 26 Oct. 2018 The Haunting of Hill House offers up plenty of bone-chilling horror, but like all the best ghost stories, that horror is rooted in the complexities of the human psyche. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Haunting of Hill House," 22 Oct. 2018 In the case of The Little Stranger, the result is a ghost story that doubles as a chilling look at toxic masculinity. Aja Romano, Vox, "How The Little Stranger uses its ghost story to mask a study in toxic masculinity," 6 Sep. 2018 Although 2017 was the year of the horror film, there was at least one ghost story that wasn’t scary: this one, directed by David Lowery. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’ and ‘A Ghost Story’," 8 Jan. 2018 Played with willowy fragility by Elle Fanning, Mary is an imaginative 16-year-old enamored of ghost stories and constrained by her studious father and conniving stepmother. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Author biopic ‘Mary Shelley’ is simply ordinary," 7 June 2018 When a prolonged rainy spell during an Italian villa getaway leads to Byron’s famous dare — that the company while away the time by each writing a ghost story — only Mary and the gentle amateur Dr. Polidori (Ben Hardy) actually rise to the occasion. Ty Burr,, "Mary Shelley’s monster hit," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of ghost story

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ghost story

: a frightening story about ghosts

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