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ghost story

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noun
  1. a tale in which such elements as ghostly visitations and supernatural intervention are used to further the plot and a chilling, suspenseful atmosphere.
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Origin of ghost story

First recorded in 1810–20
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for ghost story

fable, myth, tale, yarn, Marchen

Examples from the Web for ghost story

Historical Examples of ghost story

  • You look as if I had been telling you a ghost-story, you're so white,' she exclaimed.

    Robin Redbreast

    Mary Louisa Molesworth

  • It may be only a "ghost-story," and it may be true; all that I know is that it is not impossible.

  • Now for the first time he revealed the ghost-story to his companions.

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)

    Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

  • If a poem would be a ghost-story, in short, I have considered it a ghost-poem, not otherwise.

  • It was ridiculous, of course, but you know that ghost-story feeling.