• WordNet 3.6
    • n ghastliness the quality of being ghastly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ghastliness The state of being ghastly; a deathlike look.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ghastliness The state or quality of being ghastly; frightful or dreadful aspect; deathlikeness: as, the ghastliness of his appearance.
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In literature:

But its very ghastliness turned his thought into another channel.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Mr. Brown's was white almost to ghastliness, and his eyes were burning with a strange light.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
A ghastliness came over him.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Huddled down in his chair, with his head flung back so that the terrible ghastliness of his face fronted Kent, was Kedsty.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
His countenance was white to ghastliness, betraying that he was laboring under great excitement and mental strain.
"The Masked Bridal" by Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
As he said this he looked at his companion, and noticed for the first time the ghastliness of her countenance.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
When the ship's discoverers boarded her, their eyes were greeted by a sight whose ghastliness filled them with a numbing horror.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
Klutz was pale to ghastliness, and his eyes were brimming again with tears.
"The Benefactress" by Elizabeth Beauchamp
The ghastliness of my position stunned me.
"Byways of Ghost-Land" by Elliott O'Donnell
His own face was cruelly drawn, with the first sickened ghastliness still on him.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Perhaps it was this peculiarity that invested him with a species of ghastliness and awe.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852" by Various
The only ghastliness which this workman is capable of is that of distortion.
"Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)" by John Ruskin
The eyes were open, but though cold and dim, 320 Fixed with accusing ghastliness on him!
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles Vol. 2" by William Lisle Bowles
His voice shook, and his face was pale to ghastliness.
"Annie o' the Banks o' Dee" by Gordon Stables
The ghastliness of the face up there at the window, the fearful, unnatural voice.
"The Heath Hover Mystery" by Bertram Mitford
But the detail is not trivial, its introduction adds to the ghastliness of the scene.
"Oscar Wilde" by Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
Maria came back and stood with her face and its ghastliness turned from us.
"Johnny Ludlow. First Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Then the truth in all its ghastliness broke upon Paul, and, strong man though he was, he dropped upon the sands as one dead.
"The Shadow of the Czar" by John R. Carling
And to the ghastliness of the choice was added a touch of the irony of fate.
"The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. II (of II)" by Walter M. Chandler
She bit her lip, and her countenance went pale as death as the truth arose before her in all its hideous ghastliness.
"The Great Court Scandal" by William Le Queux

In news:

What were believed to be exaggerated reports of deaths and injuries at the United States Arsenal in Lawrenceville turned out to have underestimated the ghastliness of the event.