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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ghastly  \Ghast"ly\,  a.  [Compar.  {Ghastlier};  superl. 
  {Ghastliest}.]  [OE.  gastlich  gastli,  fearful,  causing  fear, 
  fr  gasten  to  terrify,  AS  g[ae]stan.  Cf  {Aghast},  {Gast}, 
  {Gaze},  {Ghostly}.] 
  1.  Like  a  ghost  in  appearance;  deathlike;  pale;  pallid; 
  dismal. 
 
  Each  turned  his  face  with  a  ghastly  pang. 
  --Coleridge. 
 
  His  face  was  so  ghastly  that  it  could  scarcely  be 
  recognized.  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  Horrible;  shocking;  dreadful;  hideous. 
 
  Mangled  with  ghastly  wounds  through  plate  and  mail 
  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ghastly  \Ghast"ly\,  adv 
  In  a  ghastly  manner;  hideously. 
 
  Staring  full  ghastly  like  a  strangled  man.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ghastly 
  adj  1:  shockingly  repellent;  inspiring  horror;  "ghastly  wounds"; 
  "the  grim  aftermath  of  the  bombing";  "the  grim  task  of 
  burying  the  victims";  "a  grisly  murder";  "gruesome 
  evidence  of  human  sacrifice";  "macabre  tales  of  war 
  and  plague  in  the  Middle  ages";  "macabre  tortures 
  conceived  by  madmen"  [syn:  {grim},  {grisly},  {gruesome}, 
  {macabre}] 
  2:  gruesomely  indicative  of  death  or  the  dead;  "a  charnel  smell 
  came  from  the  chest  filled  with  dead  men's  bones"; 
  "ghastly  shrieks";  "the  sepulchral  darkness  of  the 
  catacombs"  [syn:  {charnel},  {sepulchral}] 




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