ghastily

ghastly

[gast-lee, gahst-]
adjective, ghastlier, ghastliest.
1.
shockingly frightful or dreadful; horrible: a ghastly murder.
2.
resembling a ghost, especially in being very pale: a ghastly look to his face.
3.
terrible; very bad: a ghastly error.
adverb
4.
Also, ghastlily, ghastily. in a ghastly manner; horribly; terribly.
5.
with a deathlike quality.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English gastly; see ghast, -ly

ghastliness, noun


2. deathlike, pallid, cadaverous.
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ghastly (ˈɡɑːstlɪ)
 
adj , -lier, -liest
1.  informal very bad or unpleasant
2.  deathly pale; wan
3.  informal extremely unwell; ill: they felt ghastly after the party
4.  terrifying; horrible
 
adv
5.  unhealthily; sickly: ghastly pale
6.  archaic in a horrible or hideous manner
 
[Old English gāstlīc spiritual; see ghostly]
 
'ghastliness
 
n

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ghastly
c.1300, from O.E. gæstan "to torment, frighten" + -lich "-ly." Spelling with gh- developed 16c. from confusion with ghost.
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