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Word: ghastly

Definition: horrible; terrifying; resembling ghosts; CF. aghast


Sentences Containing 'ghastly'

'I would have lived to be old, in the wretched streets--and to wander about, avoided, in the dark--and to see the day break on the ghastly line of houses, and remember how the same sun used to shine into my room, and wake me once--I would have done even that, to save her!'
'The moon was setting, and the dying moonlight and the first pallor of dawn were mingled in a ghastly half-light.
And the count, while pronouncing these latter words, accompanied them with one of those ghastly smiles that used to strike terror into poor Franzd' Epinay.
At first, they were a mere storm of coarse red caps and coarse woollen rags; but, as they filled the place, and stopped to dance about Lucie, some ghastly apparition of a dance figure gone raving mad arose among them.
But when he tried to play the chant at his laboratory, he realized that the only thing recorded was a ghastly laughter.
Forced into familiarity, then, with such prodigies as these; and knowing that after repeated, intrepid assaults, the White Whale had escaped alive; it cannot be much matter of surprise that some whalemen should go still further in their superstitions; declaring Moby Dick not only ubiquitous, but immortal (for immortality is but ubiquity in time); that though groves of spears should be planted in his flanks, he would still swim away unharmed; or if indeed he should ever be made to spout thick blood, such a sight would be but a ghastly deception; for again in unensanguined billows hundreds of leagues away, his unsullied jet would once more be seen.
Had Dantes found nothing he could not have become more ghastly pale.
Haunted in a most ghastly manner that abominable place would have been, if the glass could ever have rendered back its reflections, as the ocean is one day to give up its dead.
His face was ghastly pale; his chin had a brown cut on it--a cut half healed; his expression was haggard and drawn, as by intense suffering.
His powers diminished, as in his wild and ghastly story 'My Love Kate; or the Dreadful Secret' (6 Nov.
I picture myself coming downstairs in the morning, and looking through a long ghastly gash of a staircase window at the school-bell hanging on the top of an out-house with a weathercock above it; and dreading the time when it shall ring J.
In , Philip Bobbitt has written that after Fischer published it became, "impossible to maintain" that World War I had been a "ghastly mistake" rather than the consequence of German policy.
In later dealings, Blackthorne salvages the remains of Dr. Manglar to create a ghastly accomplice in Nightcrawler, adopts the guise of "Brother Druid" to gather an underground cult for D'Compose's servicing, and after evading further prosecution because of a favor from Masterson, is able to release two more Inhumanoids — Gagoyle and Sslither.
It was a long fight between my pride and the money, but the dollars won at last, and I threw up reporting and sat day after day in the corner which I had first chosen, inspiring pity by my ghastly face and filling my pockets with coppers.
Nothing seemed before me but a jet gloom, now and then made ghastly by flashes of redness.
Our visitor collapsed into a chair, with a ghastly face and a glitter of moisture on his brow.
Placing these on the old chest in the middle of the room, he then took the New Zealand head--a ghastly thing enough--and crammed it down into the bag.
That ghastly whiteness it is which imparts such an abhorrent mildness, even more loathsome than terrific, to the dumb gloating of their aspect.
The coal black hair, large bright, glittering eyes, in which a wild, unearthly fire seems burning, the same ghastly paleness.
The face of the child changes from its normal healthy hue to a brilliant red and then to ghastly shades.
Turn not thy back to the compass; accept the first hint of the hitching tiller; believe not the artificial fire, when its redness makes all things look ghastly.
Uriah, with his long hands slowly twining over one another, made a ghastly writhe from the waist upwards, to express his concurrence in this estimation of me.
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