strangely diabolical or cruel; monstrous: a ghoulish and questionable sense of humor.
showing fascination with death, disease, maiming, etc.; morbid: ghoulish curiosity.
- ghoul·ish·ly, adverb
- ghoul·ish·ness, noun
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How to use ghoulish in a sentence
However, at $108 per year, HereAfter services could quickly add up if you do some ghoulish back-of-the-envelope math on lifetime costs.Technology that lets us “speak” to our dead relatives has arrived. Are we ready? | Charlotte Jee | October 18, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
Back in Washington, the results are likely to bring their own ghoulish realities.What Democrats Need to Learn from Youngkin's Win in Virginia | Philip Elliott | November 3, 2021 | Time
Assam, the setting for his ghoulish death dance on the body of a Muslim, is where this construct of the Muslim as the unwanted, dangerous outsider has been honed and mainstreamed.
So many of the disasters—and it’s hard to call them “natural disasters” anymore—are record-breaking and defying historic norms in ghoulish ways.
And in the summer months, when shootings soar, the city can be a ghoulish playground for those interested in the macabre.
Yesterday afternoon, the "NRA Women" Twitter account sent out a simple and yet ghoulish message to its followers.9-Year Old With an Uzi? America Is Tougher on Toys Than Guns | Cliff Schecter | August 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Other attempts to bring cult favorites back from the dead have had more ghoulish results.
Typical of most old cemeteries, eerie carved-stone Angels of Death and other ghoulish figures adorn many of the tombstones.Welcome to the Most Haunted Graveyard in the World. Safety Not Guaranteed. | Nina Strochlic | October 31, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They cast a ghoulish light on this roughly 8-by-10-foot room, where the family of eight struggles to survive.
Such was their appearance; mournful, ghoulish, yet human and warm in a repressed, frustrated way.Valley of the Croen | Lee Tarbell
So he had devised a ghoulish and crafty punishment, which, the more he pondered it, the more subtle and effective did it appear.The Terms of Surrender | Louis Tracy
To French readers this scene may seem a ghoulish farce: English humour accepts it from Norwegian humour without demur.The English Stage | Augustin Filon
Seen as I had seen it, it was a ghoulish-looking place—as weird as a Paris catacomb—but then daylight makes all the difference.Animal Ghosts | Elliott O'Donnell
So once again the phantom rider had brought its grisly message—played its ghoulish rôle.Animal Ghosts | Elliott O'Donnell
British Dictionary definitions for ghoulish
of or relating to ghouls; morbid or disgusting; unhealthily interested in death
- ghoulishly, adverb
- ghoulishness, noun
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