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Princeton's WordNet

  1. graverobber, ghoul, body snatchernoun

    someone who takes bodies from graves and sells them for anatomical dissection

  2. ghoulnoun

    an evil spirit or ghost

Wiktionary

  1. ghoulnoun

    A spirit said to feed on corpses.

  2. ghoulnoun

    A graverobber; a person with an undue interest in death and corpses.

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  1. ghoul

    A ghoul is a mythical creature or evil spirit in folklore, often depicted as a monstrous undead or resurrected being that consumes human flesh or disturbs the dead, particularly by robbing graves. They are most commonly associated with Arabic mythology and later found in horror fiction. Ghouls are also commonly portrayed in fantasy role-playing games and modern pop culture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ghoulnoun

    an imaginary evil being among Eastern nations, which was supposed to feed upon human bodies

  2. Etymology: [Per. ghl an imaginary sylvan demon, supposed to devour men and animals: cf. Ar. ghl, F. goule.]

Wikidata

  1. Ghoul

    A ghoul is a monster associated with graveyards and consuming human flesh, often classified as undead. The oldest surviving literature that mention ghouls is likely One Thousand and One Nights. The term was first used in English literature in 1786, in William Beckford's Orientalist novel Vathek, which describes the ghūl of Arabian folklore. By extension, the word ghoul is also used in a derogatory sense to refer to a person who delights in the macabre, or whose profession is linked directly to death, such as a gravedigger.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ghoul

    gōōl, n. an Eastern demon which devours the dead.—adj. Ghoul′ish. [Pers.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghoul in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghoul in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ghoul in a Sentence

  1. Ted Cruz:

    I did think it was fitting the debate occurred the week of Halloween because the moderators were doing everything they could to ask every candidate 'Are you more of ghoul or a goblin?'.

  2. Don DeLillo:

    If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead. How liberating to work in the margins, outside a central perception. You are the ghoul of literature. Lovely.

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