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English definition of “ghastly”

ghastly

adjective     /ˈɡɑːst.li/ US  /ˈɡæst-/
informal unpleasant and shocking: Today's newspaper gives all the ghastly details of the murder.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad informal extremely bad: What ghastly weather! It was all a ghastly mistake. I thought her outfit was ghastly.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad literary describes someone who looks very ill or very shocked, especially with a very pale face: You look ghastly - are you okay?The skin, and skin colour ghastliness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
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