ghastly

ghastly [adj] horrifying, dreadful; pale abhorrent, anemic, appalling, ashen, awful, bloodless, cadaverous, corpselike, deathlike, dim, disgusting, faint, frightening, frightful, funereal, ghostly, ghoulish, grim, grisly, gruesome, haggard, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, livid, loathsome, lurid, macabre, mortuary, nauseating, offensive, pallid, repellent, repulsive, sepulchral, shocking, sickening, spectral, supernatural, terrible, terrifying, uncanny, unearthly, unnatural, unpleasant, wan, weak, wraithlike; concepts 485,529,537 —Ant. delightful, pleasant, pleasing, wonderful

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  • ghastly — ghastly, grisly, gruesome, macabre, grim, lurid are comparable when they mean horrifying and repellent in appearance or aspect. Ghastly suggests the terrifying aspects of death or bloodshed {the dying man s ghastly pallor} {death grinned horrible …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ghastly — Ghast ly, adv. In a ghastly manner; hideously. [1913 Webster] Staring full ghastly like a strangled man. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ghastly — index deplorable, heinous, loathsome, lurid, repulsive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ghastly — (adj.) c.1300, gastlich, from gast (adj.), pp. of gasten to frighten, from O.E. gæstan to torment, frighten (see GHOST (Cf. ghost)) + lich ly. Spelling with gh developed 16c. from confusion with ghost. As an adverb, from 1580s. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ghastly — ► ADJECTIVE (ghastlier, ghastliest) 1) causing great horror or fear. 2) deathly white or pallid. 3) informal very unpleasant. DERIVATIVES ghastliness noun. ORIGIN from obsolete gast terr …   English terms dictionary

  • ghastly — [gast′lē, gäst′lē] adj. ghastlier, ghastliest [ME gastli < gast, frightened, pp. of gasten, to frighten < OE gæstan < gæst, var. of gast (see GHOST): meaning infl. in ME by gostlich, GHOSTLY] 1. horrible; frightful 2. ghostlike; pale;… …   English World dictionary

  • ghastly — [[t]gɑ͟ːstli, gæ̱stli[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone or something as ghastly, you mean that you dislike them a lot. [INFORMAL] ...a mother accompanied by her ghastly unruly child. ...a ghastly pair of white shoes... This wallpaper is… …   English dictionary

  • ghastly — adjective (ghastlier; est) Etymology: Middle English gastly, from gasten to terrify more at gast Date: 14th century 1. a. terrifyingly horrible to the senses ; frightening < a ghastly crime > b. intensely unpleasant, disagreeable, or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ghastly — adjective 1 a ghastly situation, person, experience etc is one that you do not like or enjoy at all: What ghastly weather! | I hope they don t bring their ghastly children with them. | It was absolutely ghastly. 2 making you very frightened,… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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