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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.

ghastly

(ˈɡɑːstlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
1. informal very bad or unpleasant
2. deathly pale; wan
3. informal extremely unwell; ill: they felt ghastly after the party.
4. terrifying; horrible
adv
5. unhealthily; sickly: ghastly pale.
6. archaic in a horrible or hideous manner
[Old English gāstlīc spiritual; see ghostly]
ˈghastliness n

ghast•ly

(ˈgæst li, ˈgɑst-)

adj. -li•er, -li•est,
adv. adj.
1. shockingly frightful or dreadful; horrible: a ghastly murder.
2. resembling a ghost, esp. in being very pale; cadaverous.
3. terrible; very bad: a ghastly error.
adv.
4. in a ghastly manner; horribly; terribly.
5. with a deathlike quality.
[1275–1325]
ghast′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ghastly - shockingly repellentghastly - 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"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
2.ghastly - 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"
offensive - unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors"

ghastly

adjective
1. horrible, shocking, terrible, awful, grim, dreadful, horrendous, hideous, from hell (informal), horrid (informal), repulsive, frightful, loathsome, godawful (slang) This wallpaper is absolutely ghastly.
horrible pleasing, appealing, beautiful, healthy, attractive, lovely, charming, blooming
3. pale, white, washed-out, wan, livid, pasty, pallid, anaemic, ashen, sallow, cadaverous, like death warmed up, deathlike, deathly pale She looked ghastly - frail, thin and colourless.

ghastly

adjective
Translations
شاحِب، مريض، مُضْطَربفاضِحفَظيع، مُريع
hroznýpříšernýstrašně zlestrašný
forfærdeliggrufuldrædselsfuld
pocsékul
hræîilegahræîilegur, skelfilegurhræîilegur; ljótur
baisiai blogasbjaurumas
briesmīgsdrausmīgslīķbālsšausmīgs
strašne zle
grozljiv

ghastly

[ˈgɑːstlɪ] ADJ (ghastlier (compar) (ghastliest (superl)))
1. (= very bad) [person] → inaguantable; [dress, wallpaper] → horrible; [situation, experience] → espantoso, horrendo; [mistake] → funesto
how ghastly!¡qué horror!
it must be ghastly for herdebe ser horrible para ella
2. (= horrible) → horroroso
3. (= pale) → pálido, cadavérico

ghastly

[ˈgɑːstli ˈgæstli] adj
[people] → horrible
[building, weather, food] → horrible
[war, murder] → atroce

ghastly

adj (+er)
(inf: = dreadful) persongrässlich (inf); objectscheußlich (inf); situation, experience, mistakeschrecklich, furchtbar; painentsetzlich; to look ghastlyentsetzlich aussehen; I feel ghastlymir gehts scheußlich (inf)
(= frightening, spectral) pallorgespenstisch; (= grim, gruesome) accident, injuries, war, battle, newsschrecklich, entsetzlich; crime, murdergrausig

ghastly

[ˈgɑːstlɪ] adj (horrible) → atroce, spaventoso/a; (pale) → spettrale (fam) (very bad, mistake, experience) → pauroso/a
we had a ghastly time last night → è stata una serata orribile ieri sera

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 ?
The Indian answered this bold defiance by a ghastly smile, that showed an unaltered purpose, while he motioned her away, as if to close the conference forever.
God," said the dying man, pointing his finger, with a ghastly look, at the undismayed countenance of his enemy, --"God will give him blood to drink
They would take neither the glow of passion nor the tenderness of sentiment, but retained all the rigidity of dead corpses, and stared me in the face with a fixed and ghastly grin of contemptuous defiance.
What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path, amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night
Placing these on the old chest in the middle of the room, he then took the New Zealand head --a ghastly thing enough --and crammed it down into the bag.
Nothing seemed before me but a jet gloom, now and then made ghastly by flashes of redness.
Gently he turned her face upward: it was ghastly white and the eyes were closed.
One wondered about this, as also about the swarms of flies which hung about the scene, literally blackening the air, and the strange, fetid odor which assailed one's nostrils, a ghastly odor, of all the dead things of the universe.
On the face of the child, however, there was no ghastly imprint,--only a high and almost sublime expression,--the overshadowing presence of spiritual natures, the dawning of immortal life in that childish soul.
It cleared her countenance and brought back her smiles and all her persuasive graces and blandishments; but never- theless she was not able to entirely cover up with them the fact that she was in a ghastly fright.
The ghastly desolation of the place was as tremendously complete as if Dor'e had furnished the working-plans for it.
Tom had been gradually sinking into a state of ghastly terror, and he said to himself, now: "I'm lost, no matter what turn things take