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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
The name alone evokes dreadful visions of ghastly creatures with horrific fangs
  and slimy skin.
His sumptuous film is as strange and mesmerizing as it is imaginatively ghastly.
Not surprisingly, the scenarios range from ghastly to extremely ghastly.
My first book had a ghastly cover.
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