- 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
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Related Wordsdevilish, eerie, macabre, spooky, cruel, demonic, grisly, ghastly, horrible, gruesome, frightening, grim, morbid, diabolical, fiendish, monstrous, revolting, terrifying, spine-chilling
Examples from the Web for ghoulish
And in the summer months, when shootings soar, the city can be a ghoulish playground for those interested in the macabre.Chicago’s Real-Life 'Nightcrawler'
November 14, 2014
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
August 28, 2014
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.
October 31, 2013
They cast a ghoulish light on this roughly 8-by-10-foot room, where the family of eight struggles to survive.Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Bordering on Disaster
November 11, 2012
It is also gruesome, ghoulish, and appalling—and utterly fascinating.Bill James Wants Us to Learn to Love Crime Stories
June 20, 2011
It is ghoulish work, but they have become as matter of fact as can be.The Challenge of the Dead
The appearance of the whole thing was repulsive, ghastly, ghoulish.The Devil-Tree of El Dorado
The Recoleta is a strange cemetery, bizarre, ghoulish, tawdry.The Amazing Argentine
John Foster Fraser
The wasp, in trembling, ghoulish ecstasy, devoured it as it appeared.The Forgotten Planet
His spirit was too lofty to exist in this blood-soaked hell of ghoulish czars.Comrade Kropotkin
- of or relating to ghouls; morbid or disgusting; unhealthily interested in death
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Word Origin and History for ghoulish
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