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ghastly (adj) shocking and horrible.

A ghastly scene or sight is a shocking scene or sight, very frightening to look at. A very bad and very unpleasant situation is ghastly. A ghastly murder is a horrifying murder. A person looks ghastly if they are ill and pale. A ghastly person is one whom we dislike very much.

  • The sight of the plane crash looked ghastly with the burnt, half-burnt, and charred bodies of the passengers lying all around the area. The scene was really shocking.
  • The ghastly death of her child run over by a car shocked her so much that she immediately turned insane and had to be put in an asylum.
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