strangely diabolical or cruel; monstrous: a ghoulish and questionable sense of humor.
showing fascination with death, disease, maiming, etc.; morbid: ghoulish curiosity.
of, relating to, or like a ghoul or ghouls.

Origin of ghoulish

First recorded in 1835–45; ghoul + -ish1
Related formsghoul·ish·ly, adverbghoul·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of or relating to ghouls; morbid or disgusting; unhealthily interested in death
Derived Formsghoulishly, adverbghoulishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ghoulish

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

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