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ghoul

[gool] /gul/
noun
1.
an evil demon, originally of Oriental legend, supposed to feed on human beings, and especially to rob graves, prey on corpses, etc.
2.
a grave robber.
3.
a person who revels in what is revolting.
Origin of ghoul
1780-1790
1780-90; < Arabic ghūl
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ghoul

/ɡuːl/
noun
1.
a malevolent spirit or ghost
2.
a person interested in morbid or disgusting things
3.
a person who robs graves
4.
(in Muslim legend) an evil demon thought to eat human bodies, either stolen corpses or children
Word Origin
C18: from Arabic ghūl, from ghāla he seized
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Word Origin and History for ghoul
n.

1786, in the English translation of Beckford's "Vathek," from Arabic ghul, an evil spirit that robs graves and feeds on corpses, from ghala "he seized."

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