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.
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How to use ghoul in a sentence
Oh how often have knowledge and keen wits and understandings/ Been as deadly as brigands or ghouls to the wayfarer.
Come Halloween, miniature ghosts, ghouls, and goblins ring your doorbell.What's the Difference Between Ghouls, Goblins, and Ghosts? | Dictionary.com | November 1, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
The ghouls had come later than usual, and they seemed more than usually eager to be gone.Tales and Fantasies | Robert Louis Stevenson
Some of the Ghouls were arrested by the military authorities, but were released.Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama | Walter L. Fleming
Ghouls either remain in spirit form or steal the bodies of living beings—living beings only—either human or animal.Werwolves | Elliott O'Donnell
I am certain more clothes were saved than the girls ever saw, as the ghouls were very busy.Back at School with the Tucker Twins | Nell Speed
Women who die in child-bed become ghouls and haunt the tombs, their feet reversed, heels foremost.Decadence and Other Essays on the Culture of Ideas | Remy de Gourmont
British Dictionary definitions for ghoul
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
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