Ghastlier
Ghastly Ghast"ly, a. [Compar. {Ghastlier}; superl. {Ghastliest}.] [OE. gastlich, gastli, fearful, causing fear, fr. gasten to terrify, AS. g[ae]stan. Cf. {Aghast}, {Gast}, {Gaze}, {Ghostly}.] 1. Like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid; dismal. [1913 Webster]

Each turned his face with a ghastly pang. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

His face was so ghastly that it could scarcely be recognized. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Horrible; shocking; dreadful; hideous. [1913 Webster]

Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ghastly — adjective (ghastlier; est) Etymology: Middle English gastly, from gasten to terrify more at gast Date: 14th century 1. a. terrifyingly horrible to the senses ; frightening < a ghastly crime > b. intensely unpleasant, disagreeable, or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • ghastly — adjective (ghastlier, ghastliest) 1》 causing great horror or fear; macabre. 2》 deathly white or pallid. 3》 informal very objectionable or unpleasant. Derivatives ghastliness noun Origin ME: from obs. gast terrify , from OE gstan, of Gmc origin;… …   English new terms dictionary

  • ghastly — UK [ˈɡɑːs(t)lɪ] / US [ˈɡæs(t)lɪ] adjective Word forms ghastly : adjective ghastly comparative ghastlier superlative ghastliest 1) shocking in a way that frightens or upsets you She had a ghastly expression on her face. 2) very bad or unpleasant a …   English dictionary

  • ghastly — /ˈgastli / (say gahstlee) adjective (ghastlier, ghastliest) 1. frightful; dreadful; horrible: a ghastly murder. 2. deathly pale: a ghastly look. 3. bad; unpleasant; shocking: a ghastly failure. –adverb Obsolete 4. in a ghastly manner; horribly. 5 …   Australian English dictionary

  • ghastliness — ghastly ► ADJECTIVE (ghastlier, ghastliest) 1) causing great horror or fear. 2) deathly white or pallid. 3) informal very unpleasant. DERIVATIVES ghastliness noun. ORIGIN from obsolete gast terr …   English terms dictionary

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