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ghoul

Syllabification: ghoul
Pronunciation: /ɡo͞ol
 
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Definition of ghoul in English:

noun

1An evil spirit or phantom, especially one supposed to rob graves and feed on dead bodies.
Example sentences
  • Ghosts, ghouls, and spirits floated about and chatted with old friends, vampires lurked frighteningly close, and werewolves paced from along the walls.
  • A slight shudder slid over him, footsteps on his grave, a shadowy ghoul with its gargoyle grin threatening to exhume long-buried corpses.
  • The ghoul's upper body split into two pieces with a cracking and splintering of bone.
1.1A person morbidly interested in death or disaster.
Example sentences
  • I see them as ghouls preying on the death and misery of other people to earn money and fame or convert others to their silly superstitions.

Origin

late 18th century: from Arabic ġūl, 'a desert demon believed to rob graves and devour corpses'.

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  • Ghoul is from Arabic ġūl, a desert demon believed to rob graves and devour corpses.

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