adjective (ghastlier, ghastliest)
- 1Causing great horror or fear: one of the most ghastly crimes ever committedMore example sentences
terrible, frightful, horrible, grim, awful, dire; frightening, terrifying, horrifying, alarming; distressing, shocking, appalling, harrowing; dreadful, fearful, hideous, horrendous, monstrous, unspeakable, gruesome, tragic, calamitous, grievous, grislyserious, severe, grave, very bad, grievous, dreadful, terrible, awful, frightful, dire; unforgivable, inexcusable, indefensible, reprehensible, disgraceful, shameful• archaic or • humorous parlous
- 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.
- 2Extremely unwell: she had sobered up but she felt ghastlyMore example sentencesSynonymsill, unwell, washed out, peaky; sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, green about the gills; British off, off colour, poorlyBritish • informal grotty, ropyAustralian/New Zealand • informal crook• vulgar slang crappy• dated queer, seedy• rare peaked, peakish
- 2.1Deathly white: a ghastly pallorMore example sentences
pale, white, pallid, pasty, pasty-faced, wan, colourless, anaemic, bloodless, washed out, peaky, peakish, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, chalky, chalk-white, grey, whitish, white-faced, whey-faced, waxen, waxy, blanched, drained, pinched, green, sickly, sallow, as white as a sheet, as white as a ghost, deathly pale, cadaverous, corpse-like, ghostlike, spectral• informal like death warmed upScottish • informal peely-wally
- 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.
- 3 • informal Very objectionable, bad, or unpleasant: the weather was ghastlyMore example sentences
unpleasant, objectionable, offensive, disagreeable, distasteful, displeasing, unacceptable, off-putting, undesirable, obnoxious; nasty, disgusting, awful, terrible, dreadful, frightful, foul, repulsive, repellent, repugnant, revolting, abhorrent, loathsome, hateful, odious, detestable, reprehensible, deplorable, appalling, insufferable, intolerable, despicable, contemptible, beyond the pale, vile, obscene, unsavoury, unpalatable, sickening, nauseating, nauseous, noxiousBritish • informal beastly• archaic disgustful, loathly
- 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.
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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.