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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 ?
I thought the limit of ghoulishness already had been reached in the recitation of Issus' menu.
casino of silence to spend our hard earned ghoulishness.
Apparently, as soon as the news broke, Donald Metzger - Gandolfini's stunt double - received a flood of calls from paps, outdoing each other in their ghoulishness.
All the ghostly goings-on and ghoulishness helped create a supremely sinister and super natural atmosphere, and made you feel just about anything could happen.
Dracula - the myths | According to the Romanian |National Tourist Office, 'tales of the supernatural had been circulating in Romanian folklore for centuries when Irish writer Bram Stoker picked up the thread and spun it into a tale of ghoulishness that has never been out of print since its first publication in 1897.
Having a coven of witches instead of just three was an interesting addition of Verdi's, too, since their numbers added to the ghoulishness on stage, especially when they are moving among the corpses on the battlefield as they predict Macbeth's future.
It's an unhelpful juxtaposition, to put it mildly; it cancels whatever transgressive irony or bitter reflection on the bombers' "craft skill" and the media's ghoulishness O'Dell may have intended.
However, dig a little deeper and you discover that ghoulishness might come naturally to her, after all.
Perhaps, indeed, it is that fact that makes the study of such events less a matter of ghoulishness, and more a matter of traditional American culture -- even education.