ghoul

[ gool ]
/ gul /

noun

an evil demon, originally of Muslim legend, supposed to feed on human beings, and especially to rob graves, prey on corpses, etc.
a grave robber.
a person who revels in what is revolting.

Origin of ghoul

First recorded in 1780–90, ghoul is from the Arabic word ghūl
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ghoul

/ (ɡuːl) /

noun

a malevolent spirit or ghost
a person interested in morbid or disgusting things
a person who robs graves
(in Muslim legend) an evil demon thought to eat human bodies, either stolen corpses or children

Word Origin for ghoul

C18: from Arabic ghūl, from ghāla he seized
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Word Origin and History for ghoul

ghoul


n.

1786, in the English translation of Beckford's "Vathek," from Arabic ghul, an evil spirit that robs graves and feeds on corpses, from ghala "he seized."

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