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Definition of ghoul

1 : a legendary evil being that robs graves and feeds on corpses
2 : one suggestive of a ghoul especially : one who shows morbid interest in things considered shocking or repulsive

Examples of ghoul in a Sentence

in Arabic folklore, ghouls could change their shapes but had one unchanging feature: donkey's hooves for feet
Recent Examples on the Web The child turns out to be a ghoul herself and eventually eats her father. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 30 June 2022 Pair with a ghoul ash or penne pasta and fried veggies. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 Christina Ricci — who was basically the It Girl of vintage ghoul movies as a kid — stars as Kathleen Harvey, the daughter of ghost therapist Dr. James Harvey. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 Descartes’s vision of the self as an immaterial ghost inside a biological machine has long been out of fashion, Ms. Arikha notes, but his ghoul still haunts our thinking. Julian Baggini, WSJ, 3 May 2022 Steve Appleford interviewed front-ghoul Tobias Forge, a.k.a. Papa Emeritus IV, for The Times. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2022 Its page was topped with the image of a child ghoul, her eyes ringed in black, a mud-encrusted finger pressed to her lips. Elizabeth Williamson, Wired, 11 Mar. 2022 Vladimir Putin, for instance, can be an imperialist ghoul who started a 170,000-troop pissing contest along Russia and its allies’ borders with Ukraine. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 23 Feb. 2022 Cut to Rudd officiating a wedding between Rogen and Janet, the ghoul, who levitates during the hora. Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ghoul

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ghoul

Arabic ghūl

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21 Jul 2022

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“Ghoul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈgül How to pronounce ghoul (audio) \

Kids Definition of ghoul

1 : an evil being of legend that robs graves and feeds on dead bodies
2 : someone whose activities suggest those of a ghoul : an evil or frightening person

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