Definition of ghoulish in English:

ghoulish

Line breaks: ghoul|ish
Pronunciation: /ˈɡuːlɪʃ
 
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adjective

1Resembling or characteristic of a ghoul: a ghoulish mask
More example sentences
  • Usually, the Salem native is called upon to make people look good, not ghoulish.
  • Also in the store was Cher, who purchased some devilish goods including containers of face paint to create a garish, ghoulish glow.
  • Up to now they have scraped a living by producing ghoulish dolls.
Synonyms
macabre, grisly, gruesome, grotesque, ghastly, morbidunhealthy, perverted, death-obsessed, morbid, black; horrible, unwholesome, revolting
informal sick
2Morbidly interested in death or disaster: she told the story with ghoulish relish
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  • The plundering of body parts of radiation victims reached ghoulish proportions.
  • Whether you are tramping through muddy forests, mysterious tunnels or misty waters, the locations drip with ghoulish detail.
  • The story of what happens next has been told innumerable times, to the point of having become a ghoulish soap opera.

Derivatives

ghoulishly

adverb
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  • Another details his assassination at Sarajevo in June 1914 including ghoulishly exhibiting the blood-stained shirt he was wearing at the time.
  • Yes, I am talking about Hallowe'en, which is creeping ghoulishly closer and which seems to get bigger and scarier each year.
  • Hank's father Buck is an unmitigated racist who ghoulishly collects newspaper clippings about Lawrence's execution.

ghoulishness

noun
More example sentences
  • This cartoon will thrill older children with its ghoulishness, which is admirably extreme, but never excessive.
  • I'm not saying that we should not see these things, but are they now treated with a ghoulishness that belittles the losses that the images represent?
  • There is absolutely positively and unequivocally zero news value in this ghoulishness.

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