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. D. H. Lawrence:

    One watches them on the seashore, all the people, and there is something pathetic, almost wistful in them, as if they wished their lives did not add up to this scaly nullity of possession, but as if they could not escape. It is a dragon that has devoured us all: these obscene, scaly houses, this insatiable struggle and desire to possess, to possess always and in spite of everything, this need to be an owner, lest one be owned. It is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease. One feels a sort of madness come over one, as if the world had become hell. But it is only superimposed: it is only a temporary disease. It can be cleaned away.

  3. Piers Morgan:

    Theres nothing sleazy about it, or nasty, or even remotely problematic to quote the ghastly buzzword of modern-day political correctness.

  4. 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.

  5. Prime Minister David Cameron:

    It's desperate stuff from an organization that really does do the most utterly despicable and ghastly acts, and people can see that again today, this is an organization that's losing territory, it's losing ground ... Britain will never be cowed by this sort of terrorism, our values are so much stronger than theirs. It may take a very long time but they will be defeated.

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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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