adjective (ghastlier, ghastliest)
- 1Causing great horror or fear; frightful or macabre: she was overcome with horror at the ghastly spectacleMore example sentences
- But when we looked up, the fires and smoke shifted from ghastly spectacle to specific human horror.
- But the horror was just too ghastly to verbalize.
- For others it was a slaughter of the innocents, a ghastly reminder of the horrors and insanity of war.
- 1.1 • informal Objectionable; unpleasant: we had to wear ghastly old-fashioned dressesMore example sentences
- With his ghastly haircut and appalling dress sense, and his strange mannerisms, he is, nevertheless a giant of a man.
- She is confined to her bed with ghastly old-fashioned furniture and state-supermarket fare.
- A ghastly terrible obscene waste of human life.
- 2.1Deathly white or pallid: a ghastly pallor [as submodifier]: he turned ghastly pale and rushed to the bathroomMore example sentences
- Her right arm came up, and pushed a hidden button on her forehead, and the helmet disappeared, replaced by a ghastly pale white head with green hair falling down her shoulders.
- There was no mistaking those ghastly eyes and pale white skin.
- Her lips were shrivelled and pale, her skin a ghastly white.
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- Behind her the shadow heightens this sense of foreboding, while the overall colour scheme of green and purple further increases the ghastliness of the image.
- For once that epithet is justified and is more than a convenient journalistic label to ramp up the ghastliness of any given tragedy.
- It was physically demanding but there was no repeat of the ghastliness of Wednesday.