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Definition of GHASTLY

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Ghastly \Ghast"ly\, a. [Compar. {Ghastlier}; superl. {Ghastliest}.] [OE. gastlich, gastli, fearful, causing fear, fr. gasten to terrify, AS. g[ae]stan. Cf. {Aghast}, {Gast}, {Gaze}, {Ghostly}.]
     1. Like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid; dismal. [1913 Webster]

              Each turned his face with a ghastly pang.
                                                    --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

              His face was so ghastly that it could scarcely be recognized.                           --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     2. Horrible; shocking; dreadful; hideous.
        [1913 Webster]

              Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Ghastly \Ghast"ly\, adv.
     In a ghastly manner; hideously.
     [1913 Webster]

           Staring full ghastly like a strangled man. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

126 Moby Thesaurus words for "ghastly": achromatic, achromic, ailing, anemic, appalling, ashen, ashy, astounding, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, bad, bled white, bloodless, blue, cadaverous, charnel, chloranemic, colorless, corpselike, dead, deadly, deadly pale, deathlike, deathly, deathly pale, dim, dimmed, dingy, dire, direful, discolored, disgusting, drawn, dread, dreaded, dreadful, dull, eerie, etiolated, exsanguinated, exsanguine, exsanguineous, faded, faint, fallow, fell, flat, forbidding, formidable, foul, frightening, frightful, ghostlike, ghostly, ghoulish, gray, grim, grisly, gross, gruesome, haggard, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrific, horrifying, hueless, hypochromic, ill, lackluster, leaden, livid, loathsome, lurid, lusterless, macabre, mat, mealy, morbid, mortuary, muddy, nauseant, nauseating, neutral, offensive, pale, pale as death, pale-faced, pallid, pasty, redoubtable, repellent, repelling, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, sallow, scary, schrecklich, sepulchral, shadowy, shocking, sick, sickening, sickly, spectral, tallow-faced, terrible, terrific, terrifying, toneless, tremendous, ugly, uncanny, uncolored, unearthly, wan, ward, washed-out, waxen, weak, weird, whey-faced, white

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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