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  • adj. comparative form of ghastly: more ghastly


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  • Taking a breather from our Gulf Coast miasma in order to focus on an even ghastlier blight of cultural crude washing up on American shores.

    Will Durst: Vampire Nation

  • I stress I know nothing about the woman herself, but the background to his defenestration – hate mail from pro-life and animal cruelty groups, frenzied character assassinations from the ghastly Cristina Odone, and an unspeakably unpleasant piece of twit-gloating from the even ghastlier Nadine Dorries soon afterwards – is inescapable.

    Arise, geeks

  • Ten times ghastlier than if it had been real, the chorus wailed and ululated back and forth along immeasurable distances -- became one yell again -- and went howling down into earth's bowels as if the last of a phantom pack were left behind and yelling to be waited for.

    In The Time Of Light

  • They were stumbling backward, looks of terror spread across their faces, which looked even ghastlier in the torchlight.


  • But in Milwaukee, as everywhere else these multiple murders have unfolded, the last chapter was ghastlier than fiction.

    The Secrets Of Apt. 213

  • By seven we had finished breakfast, and passed into the ghastlier solitudes above, I riding as far as what, rightly, or wrongly, are called the “Lava Beds,” an expanse of large and small boulders, with snow in their crevices.

    A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • Peak, which looked yet grander and ghastlier as we crossed an attendant mountain 11,000 feet high.

    A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • The house in Thavies Inn had bills in the windows annoucing that it was to let, and it looked dirtier and gloomier and ghastlier than ever.

    Bleak House

  • In the midst of that excited gaiety, to which, until lately, he had been so long a stranger, would sometimes intervene paroxysms of the blackest despair, all the ghastlier for the contrast, and with a suddenness so abrupt and overwhelming, that one might have fancied him crossed by the shadow of some terrific apparition.

    The Evil Guest

  • Marston twice or thrice essayed to speak; his face was white as death, and had he beheld the specter of the murdered baronet himself, he could not have met the sight with a countenance of ghastlier horror.

    The Evil Guest


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