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ghoul

 (go͞ol)
n.
1. An evil spirit or demon in Muslim folklore believed to plunder graves and feed on corpses.
2. In popular folklore, an undead or subhuman being, especially one that eats human flesh.
3. A grave robber.
4. One who delights in the revolting, morbid, or loathsome.

[Arabic ġūl, from ġāla, to seize, snatch; see ġwl in Semitic roots.]

ghoul′ish adj.
ghoul′ish·ly adv.
ghoul′ish·ness n.

ghoul

(ɡuːl)
n
1. a malevolent spirit or ghost
2. a person interested in morbid or disgusting things
3. a person who robs graves
4. (Non-European Myth & Legend) (in Muslim legend) an evil demon thought to eat human bodies, either stolen corpses or children
[C18: from Arabic ghūl, from ghāla he seized]

ghoul

(gul)

n.
1. an evil demon, orig. of Eastern legend, believed to rob graves, prey on corpses, etc.
2. a grave robber.
3. a person who revels in what is revolting.
[1780–90; < Arabic ghūl]
ghoul′ish, adj.
ghoul′ish•ly, adv.
ghoul′ish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ghoul - someone who takes bodies from graves and sells them for anatomical dissectionghoul - someone who takes bodies from graves and sells them for anatomical dissection
stealer, thief - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it
2.ghoul - an evil spirit or ghost
evil spirit - a spirit tending to cause harm

ghoul

noun
A perversely bad, cruel, or wicked person:
Translations
غول
Ghul
golgul
غول
ghouli
ghulghula
gholghoulghul

ghoul

[guːl] N (= malevolent spirit) → demonio m necrófago; (= person) → morboso/a m/f

ghoul

[ˈguːl] n (= ghost) → vampire m

ghoul

n (= evil spirit)Ghul m; (fig)Mensch mmit schaurigen Gelüsten
References in classic literature ?
The ghouls had come later than usual, and they seemed more than usually eager to be gone.
But his wounds always made it seem that his feet were retarded, held, and he fought a grim fight, as with invisible ghouls fastened greedily upon his limbs.
Some cling to you in woebegone misery; others come back fiercely and weirdly, like ghouls bent upon sucking your strength away; others, again, have a catastrophic splendour; some are unvenerated recollections, as of spiteful wild-cats clawing at your agonized vitals; others are severe, like a visitation; and one or two rise up draped and mysterious, with an aspect of ominous menace.
Philip's mind was full of the stories he had heard of baby-farming and the ghouls who ill-treat the wretched children that selfish, cruel parents have put in their charge.
The existence of ghouls has been disputed by that class of
ghoul was caught by some sturdy peasants in a churchyard at Sudbury
It reminded me of ghouls and idiots and insane howlings.
One lies there lapped up in evils, watched over by beings that are worse than ogres, ghouls, and vampires.
Do you suppose I eat like an ogre or a ghoul, that you dread being the companion of my repast?
I was nearly struck dumb with horror on seeing my wife with this hideous female ghoul.
What sort of a wizard must he be, or ghoul, or madman?
Cadbury World staff will be creating mischief and mayhem dressed as ghosts and ghouls while children visiting this weekend can take part in a spooky fancy dress competition.