What does ghastly mean?

Definitions for ghastly
ˈgæst li, ˈgɑst-ghast·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ghastly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ghastly, grim, grisly, gruesome, macabre, sick(adj)

    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"

  2. charnel, ghastly, sepulchral(adj)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. ghastly(Adverb)

    In a ghastly manner.

    He turned ghastly pale on hearing the news.

  2. ghastly(Adjective)

    Horrifyingly shocking.

  3. ghastly(Adjective)

    Extremely bad.

    The play was simply ghastly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ghastly

    like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid; dismal

    Etymology: [OE. gastlich, gastli, fearful, causing fear, fr. gasten to terrify, AS. gstan. Cf. Aghast, Gast, Gaze, Ghostly.]

  2. Ghastly

    horrible; shocking; dreadful; hideous

    Etymology: [OE. gastlich, gastli, fearful, causing fear, fr. gasten to terrify, AS. gstan. Cf. Aghast, Gast, Gaze, Ghostly.]

  3. Ghastly(adverb)

    in a ghastly manner; hideously

    Etymology: [OE. gastlich, gastli, fearful, causing fear, fr. gasten to terrify, AS. gstan. Cf. Aghast, Gast, Gaze, Ghostly.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghastly in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghastly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of ghastly in a Sentence

  1. Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia:

    A moment later I remembered that the young woman having spent five years in Germany, would naturally have learnt the language, but then I heard that when she was rescued from that canal in 1920, she spoke nothing but German – when she spoke at all- which was not often. I readily admit that a ghastly horror experienced in one’s youth can work havoc with one’s memory but I have never heard of any ghastly experience endowing anyone with a knowledge they had not had before it happened. My nieces knew no German at all. Mrs Anderson did not seem to understand a word of Russian or English, the two languages all the four sisters had spoken since babyhood. French came a little later, but German was never spoken in the family.

  2. Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia:

    A moment later I remembered that the young woman having spent five years in Germany, would naturally have learnt the language, but then I heard that when she was rescued from that canal in 1920, she spoke nothing but German – when she spoke at all- which was not often. I readily admit that a ghastly horror experienced in one’s youth can work havoc with one’s memory but I have never heard of any ghastly experience endowing anyone with a knowledge they had not had before it happened. My nieces knew no German at all. Mrs Anderson did not seem to understand a word of Russian or English, the two languages all the four sisters had spoken since babyhood. French came a little later, but German was never spoken in the family.

  3. Emma Thompson:

    The first time I was nominated, I didn't know anything about the Oscars. That was almost 15 years ago. I just did Oscar week and enjoyed it very much because I was with my mum. Even so, each time it's happened I've come down with some ghastly infection. It is overwhelming for people. It has nothing to do really at all with your performance. It comes down to if you get an Oscar for your film, then the revenue for your film goes up. They mean a great deal. I can't deny it.

  4. Clive Staples Lewis:

    Just a hurried line...to tell a story which puts the contrast between *our* feast of the Nativity and all this ghastly Xmas racket at it's lowest. My brother heard a woman on a 'bus say, as the 'bus passed a church with a Crib outside it, Oh Lor' They bring religion into everything. Look- they're dragging it even into Christmas now

  5. Bryan Holcombe:

    Sutherland Springs’s just not a problem to us, we know exactly where the family is, and Sutherland Springs’s not going to be long until we ’ll both be there, he said. And we’re really sort of looking forward to Sutherland Springs. Crystal Holcombes were upbeat and full of good humor during a telephone interview, and they are not an exception in this deeply evangelical part of Texas. What is so striking about relatives and friends of the 26 victims of the church shooting in Sutherland Springs is that they all believe good will come from this act of evil and that their loved ones are now safe for eternity, and breathing again, with God. Psychologists say such deep faith can help families deal with such a ghastly event. Even so, they warn that leaning too heavily on one’s religious beliefs can stunt the natural grieving period and result in post-traumatic stress later.

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Translations for ghastly

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  • espantoso, horripilanteSpanish
  • kauhea, kauhistuttava, kaamea, kamalaFinnish
  • szörnyű, rettenetesHungarian
  • terribile, agghiacciante, spaventoso, terrificante, pessimoItalian
  • afgrijselijk, abominabel, verschrikkelijk, afschuwelijkDutch
  • medonho, horripilante, assustadorPortuguese
  • lamentabil, groaznic, oribilRomanian
  • ужа́сный, отврати́тельный, стра́шныйRussian

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