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ghost story

a tale in which such elements as ghostly visitations and supernatural intervention are used to further the plot and a chilling, suspenseful atmosphere.
Origin of ghost story
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It may be only a "ghost-story," and it may be true; all that I know is that it is not impossible.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • Now for the first time he revealed the ghost-story to his companions.

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2) Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
  • If a poem would be a ghost-story, in short, I have considered it a ghost-poem, not otherwise.

  • Why, this is the third ghost-story to-night without any ghost in it!

    In the Wrong Paradise Andrew Lang
  • In all his work there is some haunting and indefinable element that draws us into a kind of ghost-story atmosphere as we read.

    Old and New Masters Robert Lynd
  • Taken just as a story, is there anything in the Arabian Nights so marvellous as this ghost-story of Christmas?

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays Richard Le Gallienne
  • I sat down, and told him a long "ghost-story" (yarn), and he returned the favor in the same coin.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • Nor you either, Annabel: although, as a child, you devoured every ghost-story you came near.

  • He sat up in bed, and the ghost-story came in a rush to his mind.

    My Lady Nicotine J. M. Barrie
  • I hold that no number of a Magazine is perfect without a tale of mystery and wonder, or a ghost-story of some sort.

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