inspiring fear and horror
ghastly - awful
Something described as ‘ghastly’ is considered more than just thoroughly unpleasant, it is also shocking and horrifying. It is similar in spelling and meaning to ‘ghostly’, so a good way to remember how to use this word is to think of what your reaction would be if you were to encounter such a supernatural vision of death. The word can also be used as an exaggeration for effect, particularly when describing somebody you do not like.
I read about a ghastly murder in the papers this morning. It was very disturbing.
The play I saw last night was absolutely ghastly! I left the theatre 30 minutes before the end.
I don’t know how you can work with Tim. He’s the ghastliest man I’ve ever come across.