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  • adj. superlative form of ghastly: most ghastly.


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  • Actually, the ghastliest moments I endured were the entire first hour, a freeway crawl on Interstate 10 for eight miles in which there were so many stops and starts I was placing bets on whether my brake pads or radiator would give out first.

    Jeff Polman: Tales From the Haunted Dodger Ravine

  • "If we were in rookie ball or AA, ok, all right, you guys can't catch the ball, you can't throw it," Dibble said on MASN, as the Nats booted away another brilliant Stephen Strasburg effort with one of the ghastliest half-innings you'll ever see.

    Rob Dibble's had enough of the Nats' defense

  • The ghastliest murder is of a mom carjacked on the way to pick up her kids at day care.

    Book review of John Sandford's "Storm Prey"

  • But I didn't, thank God, and as any of you who have read my other memoirs will have guessed, I'd not have been within three thousand miles of Harper's Ferry, or blasted Brown, but for the ghastliest series of mischances: three hellish coincidences - three, mark you!


  • Yet, in a world where the boundaries between film/video/DVD and real life are wearing thin almost to non-existence, with the ghastliest events filmed on mobile phones and then immediately beamed around the world, it may be that the time has come for film-makers to exercise at least a modicum of self-censorship, now that institutional censorship of films has vanished pretty well to the point of total evaporation.


  • To the extent that those voices could on a given evening write themselves through Kafka, Kafka could experience even the ghastliest of them, even the sirens with their hideous claws and sterile wombs, even Gregor Samsa, as beauty itself: "[S] ie konnten nicht dafür, dass die Klage so schön klang" [ "They couldn't help it that their lament sounded so beautiful"] (Parables 92).

    Kafka and the Coincidence of Opposites

  • After watching five minutes of the two ghastliest people in modern Britain going head to head - IMHO, the porkily smirking Piers Morgan is the only living being who can come close to la Price for sheer vileness - I admitted defeat and turned over.

    Telly Ho

  • With apologies to my beloved colleague, Rex Reed, currently en vacances, this might very well be the ghastliest ensemble cast in the history of motion pictures.

    The Unbearable Lightness of Mrs. Day-Lewis

  • For fashion crimes I go to the Go Fug Yourself web site--much hilarity ensues with some of the ghastliest outfits I've ever laid eyes on being skewered by the ladies there.

    The Dictatorship's Annual Survey

  • The park never had looked so utterly walled in; it was fearful in its loneliness, the ghastliest of white peaks lay sharply outlined against the black snow clouds, the bright river was ice bound, the pines were all black, the world was absolutely shut out.

    A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains


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