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The pain in the marshal's face became a ghastly thing to see.

It is a ghastly business, quite beyond words, this schooling.

Her face was ghastly, save for the trace of rouge; her eyes were red-rimmed.

These blunders culminated in a ghastly mistake on the field.

It was such a pitiful, ghastly bluff—for the cards were all against him, and he knew it.

She was too terrified to add her weeping to the wail of the wind—it would have been too ghastly.

In my opinion they are a ghastly nuisance; also an element of danger.

"I am stifling," said the dying man, rolling round his ghastly eyes.

Rosa hid herself this time also, but only that she might not see the ghastly spectacle.

They formed a ghastly sight when they were pitted in what proved to be the final clash.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, gastlich, from gast (adj.), past participle of gasten "to frighten," from Old English gæstan "to torment, frighten" (see ghost) + -lich "-ly." Spelling with gh- developed 16c. from confusion with ghost. As an adverb, from 1580s. Related: Ghastliness.

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