Definitions

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  • n. The state of being ghastly
  • n. A ghastly thing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being ghastly; a deathlike look.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being ghastly; frightful or dreadful aspect; deathlikeness: as, the ghastliness of his appearance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being ghastly

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Examples

  • Every one could then recall the ghastliness of his features and all the evidences of extreme excitement they had observed throughout the trial, things they might otherwise have forgotten.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • Having a taste for "ghastliness," I had rather longed for the wounded to arrive, for rheumatism wasn't heroic, neither was liver complaint, or measles; even fever had lost its charms since "bathing burning brows" had been used up in romances, real and ideal.

    "A Day" from Hospital Sketches and Camp Fireside Stories

  • Having a taste for "ghastliness," I had rather longed for the wounded to arrive, for rheumatism was n't heroic, neither was liver complaint, or measles; even fever had lost its charms since "bathing burning brows" had been used up in romances, real and ideal; but when I peeped into the dusky street lined with what I at first had innocently called market carts, now unloading their sad freight at our door, I recalled sundry reminiscences I had heard from nurses of longer standing, my ardor experienced a

    Hospital Sketches

  • The 11 tales in "Crime" are extremely entertaining — if only for their criminal ghastliness.

    Suburban Tensions In a Gauzy Glow

  • Instead we got the infamous "You're fired for no earthly good reason" moment of ghastliness from Batman, modifed a little so it's not that Dick was shot by the Joker, but that Dick dared tell Batman the Titans were important to him.

    Scott Beatty on Robin

  • Waz is a genius of observation; he always used to walk around with his head to the ground and then come back and draw these warped, weird and wired individuals and you'd wonder where they'd come from, but you'd go out next time and they'd all be there, this sea of ghastliness, Shaun of the Dead all around you and you'd think 'how did he see that' and you'd just write around it ...

    Talking Comics with Tim: Warren & Gary Pleece | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

  • She nods and receives the ghastliness of nun hugs in return.

    There are no chupacabras in the restroom

  • The ghastliness of what I went through gave me another dimension that has been a huge help in my work.

    'Mummy's still looking after me'

  • More broadly, the author's trademark absurdity suffers from the real story's grand-scale ghastliness.

    Book World: Lionel Shriver reviews Yan Lianke's 'Dream of Ding Village'

  • The artist Eugene Yelchin, who was born in Russia shortly after Stalin's death, has drawn on history and family memory for "Breaking Stalin's Nose," a novel for children ages 9 to 12 that lays bare the ghastliness of the era without going into inappropriate detail.

    In Brief: Children's Books

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