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Meaning & Definition of Ghastly in English

English

Ghastly

/gæstli/

adjective

1. Shockingly repellent

  • Inspiring horror
  • "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"
    synonym:
  • ghastly
  • ,
  • grim
  • ,
  • grisly
  • ,
  • gruesome
  • ,
  • macabre
  • ,
  • sick

2. Gruesomely indicative of death or the dead

  • "A charnel smell came from the chest filled with dead men's bones"
  • "Ghastly shrieks"
  • "The sepulchral darkness of the catacombs"
    synonym:
  • charnel
  • ,
  • ghastly
  • ,
  • sepulchral

Examples of using

He could not by any means tolerate the ghastly smell of rotting onion.