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  • Ghoulish — Ghoul ish, a. Characteristic of a ghoul; vampirelike; hyenalike. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ghoulish — 1840, from GHOUL (Cf. ghoul) + ISH (Cf. ish). Related: Ghoulishly; ghoulishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • ghoulish — [adj] hideous, scary cruel, demonic, devilish, diabolical, eerie, fiendish, frightening, ghastly, grim, grisly, gruesome, horrible, macabre, monstrous, morbid, revolting, spinechilling, spooky, terrifying; concepts 529,548 …   New thesaurus

  • ghoulish — [[t]gu͟ːlɪʃ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) Ghoulish people and things show an unnatural interest in things such as human suffering, death, or dead bodies. They are there only to satisfy their ghoulish curiosity. ...the ghoulish… …   English dictionary

  • ghoulish — ghoulishly, adv. ghoulishness, n. /gooh lish/, adj. 1. strangely diabolical or cruel; monstrous: a ghoulish and questionable sense of humor. 2. showing fascination with death, disease, maiming, etc.; morbid: ghoulish curiosity. 3. of, pertaining… …   Universalium

  • ghoulish — adjective a) Of or pertaining to ghouls. We had that afternoon dug a grave in the cellar, and would have to fill it by dawn for although we had fixed a lock on the house, we wished to shun even the remotest risk of a ghoulish discovery. b) Of or… …   Wiktionary

  • ghoulish — ghoul|ish [ gulıʃ ] adjective 1. ) reminding you of death in an unpleasant and frightening way 2. ) getting pleasure from unpleasant situations involving death ╾ ghoulish|ly adverb ╾ ghoul|ish|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ghoulish — ghoul ► NOUN 1) an evil spirit or phantom, especially one supposed to rob graves and feed on dead bodies. 2) a person morbidly interested in death or disaster. DERIVATIVES ghoulish adjective ghoulishly adverb ghoulishness noun. ORIGIN Arabic,… …   English terms dictionary

  • ghoulish — adjective see ghoul …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ghoulish — Synonyms and related words: Mephistophelian, abominable, agape, agog, all agog, appalling, astounding, awe inspiring, awesome, awful, barbaric, bloodthirsty, brutal, burning with curiosity, consumed with curiosity, cruel, curious, cursed,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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