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Definition of Ghastly


  1. Like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid; dismal.
  2. Horrible; shocking; dreadful; hideous.
  3. In a ghastly manner; hideously.

Ghastly Quotations

Before I do anything, I think, well what hasn't been seen. Sometimes, that turns out to be something ghastly and not fit for society. And sometimes that inspiration becomes something that's really worthwhile.
Jim Carrey

There is a soak-the-rich attitude in the air, a feeling that if you have a lot of money you must have got it by some ghastly means. I can quite happily say there was never any family money. All the money we got was mine, just from writing books.
Terry Pratchett

One can no longer live with people: it is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease.
D. H. Lawrence

Decay is quiet but ghastly, explosion is dramatic and dreadful. There's not much to choose between the two of them in reality, and most of our lives have sufficient of both.
Anne Roiphe

Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women, they usually make such an infernal mess of it. I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke.
Willa Cather
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Ghastly Translations

ghastly in Afrikaans is onaangenaam
ghastly in Dutch is afgrijselijk
ghastly in French is horrible, repoussant, abominable
ghastly in Italian is abominevole
ghastly in Norwegian is grufull, uhyggelig, likblek

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