Definition of ghastly in English:

ghastly

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Pronunciation: /gɑːs(t)li
 
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adjective (ghastlier, ghastliest)

Derivatives

ghastliness

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Middle English: from obsolete gast 'terrify', from Old English gǣstan, of Germanic origin; related to ghost. The gh spelling is by association with ghost. The sense 'objectionable' dates from the mid 19th century.

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