ghostliness


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ghost·ly

 (gōst′lē)
adj. ghost·li·er, ghost·li·est
1. Of, relating to, or resembling a ghost, a wraith, or an apparition; spectral.
2. Of or relating to the soul or spirit; spiritual.

ghost′li·ness n.
ghost′ly adv.
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Noun1.ghostliness - strangeness by virtue of being mysterious and inspiring fear
strangeness, unfamiliarity - unusualness as a consequence of not being well known
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References in classic literature ?
And those sublimer towers, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, whence, in peculiar moods, comes that gigantic ghostliness over the soul at the bare mention of that name, while the thought of Virginia's Blue Ridge is full of a soft, dewy, distant dreaminess?
As for the white shark, the white gliding ghostliness of repose in that creature, when beheld in his ordinary moods, strangely tallies with the same quality in the Polar quadruped.
I remember how the world looked from our sitting-room window as I dressed behind the stove that morning: the low sky was like a sheet of metal; the blond cornfields had faded out into ghostliness at last; the little pond was frozen under its stiff willow bushes.
The situation is suggestive of a reality and a tangibility that seem at variance with the vagueness and mystery and ghostliness that one naturally attaches to the character of a god.
That spoils my ghostliness, I am afraid, but I don't care--there is something strange about the house--I can feel it.
I really did not expect any Grace to answer; for the laugh was as tragic, as preternatural a laugh as any I ever heard; and, but that it was high noon, and that no circumstance of ghostliness accompanied the curious cachinnation; but that neither scene nor season favoured fear, I should have been superstitiously afraid.
Using "ghostliness" as a metaphor to extract social meaning, Derrida has informed many theoretical interpretations of social conflict, as he invokes the notion of spectrality to represent lapses in historical consciousness.
discusses Utopia and its ghostliness and, significantly, refers to the
I don't have a Jell-O-brained explanation for why Becker isn't here anymore, but it's amazing how the survey reveals (through her absence!) the unstoppable ghostliness of her work.
Scholar of contemporary Latina/o and Hispanic Caribbean literature Betsy Sandlin has written extensively about spectrality (ghosts, ghostliness, and haunting) in Arroyo's work.
En Surrealist Ghostliness, Katharine Conley asevera que una obra participa en la conversacion surrealista si su contenido evoca la "dimension espectral" del metodo surrealista (6).
The verb itself--"light" as in "lighten"--suggests release, more than the sturdy endeavor of "took out," the daring of "struck out," or the cunning waywardness of "a-branching out." So the idiom conjures up the freedom granted by weightlessness and suspension, something like the ghostliness of Edward Thomas's Helen, goddess of the roads, whose "Troops make loneliness / With their light footsteps' press, / As Helen's own are light." (32)