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ghoulish

[goo-lish] /ˈgu lɪʃ/
adjective
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, relating to, or like a ghoul or ghouls.
Origin of ghoulish
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; ghoul + -ish1
Related forms
ghoulishly, adverb
ghoulishness, noun
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ghoulish

/ˈɡuːlɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of or relating to ghouls; morbid or disgusting; unhealthily interested in death
Derived Forms
ghoulishly, adverb
ghoulishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ghoulish
adj.

1840, from ghoul + -ish. Related: Ghoulishly; ghoulishness.

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