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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)


Sense 1ghastly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

alarming (causing alarm or fear)


Sense 2ghastly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Gruesomely indicative of death or the dead

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

offensive (unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses)


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