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GHASTLY (ghastlier, ghastliest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ghastly mean? 

GHASTLY (adjective)
  The adjective GHASTLY has 2 senses:

1. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
2. gruesomely indicative of death or the dead

  Familiarity information: GHASTLY used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

GHASTLY (adjective)

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Shockingly repellent; inspiring horror


ghastly; grisly; gruesome; macabre; grim; sick

Context examples:

ghastly wounds / the grim aftermath of the bombing / the grim task of burying the victims / a grisly murder / gruesome evidence of human sacrifice / macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages / macabre tortures conceived by madmen


alarming (causing alarm or fear)

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Gruesomely indicative of death or the dead


charnel; ghastly; sepulchral

Context examples:

a charnel smell came from the chest filled with dead men's bones / ghastly shrieks / the sepulchral darkness of the catacombs


offensive (unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses)

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