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  • adj. comparative form of ghostly: more ghostly


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  • As his songwriting has reasserted itself on a series of pithy and cryptic recent albums the latest, save for a curious Christmas album, being 2009's "Together Through Life", Mr. Dylan has cast himself as an adventurous guitar-slinger and showman, with a voice that keeps getting grainier and ghostlier.

    Having a Sonic Summer

  • Coleridge had taken with him to Malta, "when the light of sense/Goes out," other presences and articulations emerge in a "flash" to fill the gap, an "invisible world" or other life of things (Wallace Stevens calls it "ghostlier demarcations") that it was the particular business of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and their age to express.


  • Oh! Blessed rage for order, pale Ramon, The maker's rage to order words of the sea, Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred, And of ourselves and of our origins, In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds.

    The End of the Pier

  • As the light in her room grew ghostlier, Princess Sophia's voice became gradually incoherent, dropped to a vague whisper, and finally ceased.

    The Genius

  • It wandered further, and finding a golden head that tossed restlessly upon a silk-covered pillow, it alighted on it, making the white face appear ghostlier still, and the wide eyes to shine like stars.

    "Unto Caesar"

  • Undern grew ghostlier than ever, seeming, as the shots rang out startlingly loud in the quiet, like a moribund creature electrified by blows.

    Gone to Earth

  • Kent found the darkness more fog-like; about him was a grayer, ghostlier sort of gloom.

    The Valley of Silent Men

  • Standing motionless fifty paces from the little storm-beaten cabin that represented Law at this loneliest outpost on the American continent, he looked like a carven thing of dun-gray rock, with a dun-gray world over his head and on all sides of him, broken only in its terrific monotony of deathlike sameness by the darker gloom of the sky and the whiter and ghostlier gloom that hung over the ice-fields.

    Isobel : a Romance of the Northern Trail

  • On the other side of the table was a ghostlier form, the faint figure of an antagonist good-humouredly but a little wearily secure -- an antagonist who leaned back in his chair with his hands in his pockets and a smile on his fine clear face.


  • Southern Cross glimmers before our prow, and the two Milky Ways reveal themselves, -- that of the Cosmos and that ghostlier one which stretches over the black deep behind us.

    Two Years in the French West Indies


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