ghoulish ghoulish  /ˈɡu lɪʃ/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) suggesting the horror of death and decay

Usage(s):

  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.

News

  • '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

Quotes

  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: NBC5.com

  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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