ghoulish ghoulish  /ˈɡu lɪʃ/


  • (adj) suggesting the horror of death and decay


  1. Thailand's grief over Sarit's death was in stark contrast to the ghoulish glee it provoked in neighboring Cambodia.
  2. Italians are simultaneously repulsed and riveted by an 18-year string of ghoulish murders around Florence.
  3. After the fall of the communist dictator Ceaucescu, he visited the ghoulish places where Romanian orphans were warehoused.


  • 'Addams Family' resides in shallow yet comfy coffin

    WORCESTER - Creepy as it may sound, "The Addams Family" has always been a casket full of harmless fun, notwithstanding the family's ghoulish eccentricities - from the cartoons in The New Yorker by Charles Addams, to TV and movies, and now the quite pleasing musical stage version that opened a five-performance run at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday night.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette


  1. "I found all of the flowers and all of that going on disturbing and uncomfortable. It seemed like a ghoulish carnival," Mirren recalled. "To me, there was something upsetting about it. My feelings about how the royal family behaved was that I...
    on Oct 12, 2006 By: Helen Mirren Source:

  2. "The goal with the show was to do something that I wanted to watch -- something that was fun and sweet and romantic," Fuller said. "And also a little ghoulish. We just wanted to do a grounded fairy tale that's fun and romantic that people can...
    on Sep 14, 2007 By: Bryan Fuller Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. "I wouldn't use the word ghoulish, but I - I think the city's right in this case," Mr. Bloomberg said. "We'll do whatever the courts force us to do, but in the interest of privacy - while some families want them out, others find it upsetting....
    on Mar 31, 2006 By: Michael Bloomberg Source: New York Times

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