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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 ?
Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore -- Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore
Then the ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore-- Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore
Nothing seemed before me but a jet gloom, now and then made ghastly by flashes of redness.
It was possible, I reflected, that a mere different arrangement of the particulars of the scene, of the details of the picture, would be sufficient to modify, or perhaps to annihilate its capacity for sorrowful impression; and, acting upon this idea, I reined my horse to the precipitous brink of a black and lurid tarn that lay in unruffled lustre by the dwelling, and gazed down--but with a shudder even more thrilling than before--upon the remodelled and inverted images of the grey sedge, and the ghastly tree-stems, and the vacant and eye-like windows.
Addington sat bowing and smirking in a ghastly manner, and would not be behindhand when the noiseless bottle went round; Scott, from under bushy eyebrows, winked at the apparition of a beeswing; Wilberforce's eyes went up to the ceiling, so that he did not seem to know how his glass went up full to his mouth and came down empty; up to the ceiling which was above us only yesterday, and which the great of the past days have all looked at.
This is getting rather ghastly," said Sir Henry, peeping into the dark passageway.
These brief, stammering illuminations brought out with ghastly distinctness the monuments and headstones of the cemetery and seemed to set them dancing.
Grewgious saw a ghastly figure rise, open-mouthed, from the easy-chair, and lift its outspread hands towards its head.
I've had to go through life with a ghastly name like Nutcombe as a compliment to him, haven't I?
As I said just now, God alone knows what poor Captain March discovered--it must have been something too ghastly for human endurance, if my theory is correct that the once beautiful human body of Lady Arabella is under the control of this ghastly White Worm.
My gorge rose at the long, low billows-sleek as black satin - lifting and dipping in this ghastly glare.
Not all the brandy he had drunk--and he had never drunk half as much before in his life--afforded him the least protection from these ghastly fancies.