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 for ghastly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ghastly \Ghast"ly\, a. [Compar. Ghastlier; superl.
     Ghastliest.] [OE. gastlich, gastli, fearful, causing fear,
     fr. gasten to terrify, AS. g[ae]stan. Cf. Aghast, Gast,
     Gaze, Ghostly.]
     1. Like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid;
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              Each turned his face with a ghastly pang.
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              His face was so ghastly that it could scarcely be
              recognized.                           --Macaulay.
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     2. Horrible; shocking; dreadful; hideous.
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              Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ghastly \Ghast"ly\, adv.
     In a ghastly manner; hideously.
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           Staring full ghastly like a strangled man. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: shockingly repellent; inspiring horror; "ghastly wounds";
             "the grim aftermath of the bombing"; "the grim task of
             burying the victims"; "a grisly murder"; "gruesome
             evidence of human sacrifice"; "macabre tales of war and
             plague in the Middle ages"; "macabre tortures conceived
             by madmen" [syn: ghastly, grim, grisly, gruesome,
             macabre, sick]
      2: gruesomely indicative of death or the dead; "a charnel smell
         came from the chest filled with dead men's bones"; "ghastly
         shrieks"; "the sepulchral darkness of the catacombs" [syn:
         charnel, ghastly, sepulchral]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  126 Moby Thesaurus words for "ghastly":
     achromatic, achromic, ailing, anemic, appalling, ashen, ashy,
     astounding, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, bad, bled white,
     bloodless, blue, cadaverous, charnel, chloranemic, colorless,
     corpselike, dead, deadly, deadly pale, deathlike, deathly,
     deathly pale, dim, dimmed, dingy, dire, direful, discolored,
     disgusting, drawn, dread, dreaded, dreadful, dull, eerie,
     etiolated, exsanguinated, exsanguine, exsanguineous, faded, faint,
     fallow, fell, flat, forbidding, formidable, foul, frightening,
     frightful, ghostlike, ghostly, ghoulish, gray, grim, grisly, gross,
     gruesome, haggard, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrific,
     horrifying, hueless, hypochromic, ill, lackluster, leaden, livid,
     loathsome, lurid, lusterless, macabre, mat, mealy, morbid,
     mortuary, muddy, nauseant, nauseating, neutral, offensive, pale,
     pale as death, pale-faced, pallid, pasty, redoubtable, repellent,
     repelling, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, sallow, scary,
     schrecklich, sepulchral, shadowy, shocking, sick, sickening,
     sickly, spectral, tallow-faced, terrible, terrific, terrifying,
     toneless, tremendous, ugly, uncanny, uncolored, unearthly, wan,
     ward, washed-out, waxen, weak, weird, whey-faced, white

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