ghoul

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ghoul an evil spirit or ghost
    • n ghoul someone who takes bodies from graves and sells them for anatomical dissection
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ghoul An imaginary evil being among Eastern nations, which was supposed to feed upon human bodies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ghoul An imaginary evil being supposed among Eastern nations to prey upon human bodies; an ogre.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ghoul gōōl an Eastern demon which devours the dead
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Per. ghōl, an imaginary sylvan demon, supposed to devour men and animals: cf. Ar. ghūl, F. goule,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pers.

Usage

In literature:

Shall I make love to the ghoul?
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
Marusia's demon lover will be recognized as akin to Arabian Ghouls, or the Rakshasas of Indian mythology.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
Doubtless the ghoul (for he that rifles tombs is none other) who perpetrated this enormity described himself as an archaeologist.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
She had read of scores of such cases, and had often imagined herself as being stalked by this kind of ghoul.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
They ran through the silent streets like phantom ghouls in a deserted city.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
We prowled like ghouls.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
They came like ghouls, they'll disappear like dreams.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, September 3, 1887" by Various
You are cannibals, you are ghouls, you are enchanters.
"Masterpieces of Mystery" by Various
Got any of the ghouls yet?
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
Things like water-ghouls Slid slimily in pools.
"Nirvana Days" by Cale Young Rice
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In poetry:

Away the prowling ghouls are fled,
Some fitter prey to seek;
The trembling woman sighs the thanks
Her white lips cannot speak.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Proud gods, humbled, sunk so low,
Living with ghosts and ghouls,
And ghosts of ghosts and last year's snow
And dead toadstools.
"Outlaws" by Robert Graves
"The Fetch and Kelpie went to school
And gave a lot of trouble;
Next came a Poltergeist and Ghoul,
And then two Trolls (which broke the rule),
A Goblin, and a Double -
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
"A Spectre has first choice, by right,
In filling up a vacancy;
Then Phantom, Goblin, Elf, and Sprite -
If all these fail them, they invite
The nicest Ghoul that they can see.
"Phantasmagoria Canto I (The Trystyng )" by Lewis Carroll
At neither ghost nor ghoul aghast
He echoes voices of the past,
And tones like melancholy knells
Of years departed to his ear
Are sweeter than of kindred dear,
Sweeter than Florimel's.
"The Antiquarian" by Hattie Howard
A chill wind blows through the rows of sheaves
In the meadows that shimmer pale,
And comes to twine where the headstones shine
And the ghouls of the churchyard wail
For harvests that fly and fail.
"Hallowe'en In A Suburb" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

In news:

It's a day for fun as all of the future rockers of the world get a lesson in stage costuming by dressing up as ghouls and goblins for the spookiest of days.
PURE Paranormal invites the public to 'Ghoul School'.
Ghost, ghouls and monsters aren't the only things to be afraid of on Halloween.
The annual Downtown Trick or Treat event brought out the young ghouls and goblins Oct 25 in Bowling Green.
The annual Downtown Trick or Treat event brought out the young ghouls and goblins Oct 25 in Bowling Green .
Ghouls, ghosts and goblins of all ages descended on downtown as they gathered to march in their costumes in the annual Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct 27.
Halloween is tomorrow and all the little ghouls and goblins will be out in full force filling their pumpkin pails with as much candy as possible.
Hello boys and ghouls and welcome to episode three of "Nessmanics Hall Of Horror".
What is it that ghoul-and-gore seekers are seeking.
Ghouls on the Green 10/28.
Ghouls galore at locals' Halloween house.
Where the Ghouls Get Down .
Chris Brown, the singer from Tappahannock, got his ghoul on for Halloween over the weekend.
Watchin' all the ghouls go by .
Watchin' all the ghouls go by.
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