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ghastly | ghastliest

ghastly ghastliest
inspiring fear and horror
  • How to Memorize
    • ghastly - awful
  • Analysis

    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.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Antonymsdelectableenchanting, appealing,
  • Example(s)
    1. I read about a ghastly murder in the papers this morning. It was very disturbing.

    2. The play I saw last night was absolutely ghastly! I left the theatre 30 minutes before the end.

    3. I don’t know how you can work with Tim. He’s the ghastliest man I’ve ever come across.