ghastliness


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ghast·ly

 (găst′lē)
adj. ghast·li·er, ghast·li·est
1. Causing shock, revulsion, or horror; terrifying: a ghastly murder.
2. Resembling a ghost; pale or pallid.
3. Extremely unpleasant or bad: "in the most abominable passage of his ghastly little book" (Conor Cruise O'Brien).

[Alteration (influenced by ghost) of Middle English gastli, from gasten, to terrify; see aghast.]

ghast′li·ness n.
ghast′ly adv.
Synonyms: ghastly, gruesome, grisly, grim, macabre
These adjectives describe what is shockingly repellent in aspect or appearance. Ghastly suggests the shock or horror inspired by violent death or bodily harm: the ghastly toll of trench warfare; a ghastly disfiguring disease. Gruesome and grisly often describe what horrifies or revolts because of its graphic nature: a gruesome murder scene; read about the grisly details of the accident. Grim refers to what repels because of its harsh or unnerving nature: the grim task of burying the earthquake victims. Macabre can suggest the fascination as well as the horror of unnatural death and is often used of artistic works: a murder mystery with a macabre twist at the end.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ghastliness - the quality of being ghastly
frightfulness - the quality of being frightful
Translations
ذُعْر، خَوْف شديد
příšernost
forfærdelighedgrufuldhedrædselsfuldhed
hryllingur
príšernosť
iğrençlik

ghastliness

nGrässlichkeit f; (= appearance)grässliches Aussehen; (= pallor)Totenblässe f

ghastly

(ˈgaːstli) adjective
1. very bad, ugly etc. a ghastly mistake.
2. horrible; terrible. a ghastly murder; a ghastly experience.
3. ill; upset. I felt ghastly when I had flu.
ˈghastliness noun
References in classic literature ?
Wrapped, for that interval, in darkness myself, I but the better saw the redness, the madness, the ghastliness of others.
Oh, Adele will go to school--I have settled that already; nor do I mean to torment you with the hideous associations and recollections of Thornfield Hall--this accursed place--this tent of Achan--this insolent vault, offering the ghastliness of living death to the light of the open sky--this narrow stone hell, with its one real fiend, worse than a legion of such as we imagine.
Now, which of the multitude of faces that showed themselves before him was the true face of the buried person, the shadows of the night did not indicate; but they were all the faces of a man of five-and- forty by years, and they differed principally in the passions they expressed, and in the ghastliness of their worn and wasted state.
Besides the usual deformities in extreme old age, they acquired an additional ghastliness, in proportion to their number of years, which is not to be described; and among half a dozen, I soon distinguished which was the eldest, although there was not above a century or two between them.
His countenance was pale even to ghastliness, and his deep-set eyes glared with unnatural lustre.
Perhaps it was this peculiarity that invested him with a species of ghastliness and awe.
But so far was she from being, in the words of Robert South, "in love with her own ruin," that the illusion was transient as lightning; cold reason came back to mock her spasmodic weakness; the ghastliness of her momentary pride would convict her, and recall her to reserved listlessness again.
One can not appreciate the horror of this disease until he looks upon it in all its ghastliness, in Naaman's ancient dwelling in Damascus.
He laughed loudly at his own sally, but Hans's face was frozen into a sullen ghastliness that nothing less than the trump of doom could have broken.
His face was white to ghastliness, so shaken was he by the struggle through which he had passed.
The young man, too, seemed petrified by the ghastliness of his deed.
Tendering a coin through the trap door the fare slipped out and away, leaving an effect of uncanny, eccentric ghastliness upon the driver's mind.