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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror;
- Example: "ghastly wounds"
- Example: "the grim aftermath of the bombing"
- Example: "the grim task of burying the victims"
- Example: "a grisly murder"
- Example: "gruesome evidence of human sacrifice"
- Example: "macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages"
- Example: "macabre tortures conceived by madmen"
[syn: ghastly, grim, grisly, gruesome, macabre, sick]

2. gruesomely indicative of death or the dead;
- Example: "a charnel smell came from the chest filled with dead men's bones"
- Example: "ghastly shrieks"
- Example: "the sepulchral darkness of the catacombs"
[syn: charnel, ghastly, sepulchral]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ghastly \Ghast"ly\, a. [Compar. Ghastlier; superl. Ghastliest.] [OE. gastlich, gastli, fearful, causing fear, fr. gasten to terrify, AS. g[ae]stan. Cf. Aghast, Gast, Gaze, Ghostly.] 1. Like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid; dismal. [1913 Webster] Each turned his face with a ghastly pang. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster] His face was so ghastly that it could scarcely be recognized. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. Horrible; shocking; dreadful; hideous. [1913 Webster] Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ghastly \Ghast"ly\, adv. In a ghastly manner; hideously. [1913 Webster] Staring full ghastly like a strangled man. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ghastly adj 1: shockingly repellent; inspiring horror; "ghastly wounds"; "the grim aftermath of the bombing"; "the grim task of burying the victims"; "a grisly murder"; "gruesome evidence of human sacrifice"; "macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages"; "macabre tortures conceived by madmen" [syn: ghastly, grim, grisly, gruesome, macabre, sick] 2: gruesomely indicative of death or the dead; "a charnel smell came from the chest filled with dead men's bones"; "ghastly shrieks"; "the sepulchral darkness of the catacombs" [syn: charnel, ghastly, sepulchral]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

126 Moby Thesaurus words for "ghastly": achromatic, achromic, ailing, anemic, appalling, ashen, ashy, astounding, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, bad, bled white, bloodless, blue, cadaverous, charnel, chloranemic, colorless, corpselike, dead, deadly, deadly pale, deathlike, deathly, deathly pale, dim, dimmed, dingy, dire, direful, discolored, disgusting, drawn, dread, dreaded, dreadful, dull, eerie, etiolated, exsanguinated, exsanguine, exsanguineous, faded, faint, fallow, fell, flat, forbidding, formidable, foul, frightening, frightful, ghostlike, ghostly, ghoulish, gray, grim, grisly, gross, gruesome, haggard, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrific, horrifying, hueless, hypochromic, ill, lackluster, leaden, livid, loathsome, lurid, lusterless, macabre, mat, mealy, morbid, mortuary, muddy, nauseant, nauseating, neutral, offensive, pale, pale as death, pale-faced, pallid, pasty, redoubtable, repellent, repelling, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, sallow, scary, schrecklich, sepulchral, shadowy, shocking, sick, sickening, sickly, spectral, tallow-faced, terrible, terrific, terrifying, toneless, tremendous, ugly, uncanny, uncolored, unearthly, wan, ward, washed-out, waxen, weak, weird, whey-faced, white