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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ghast"ly
  1. Like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid; dismal."Each turned his face with a ghastly pang." [Coleridge.]"His face was so ghastly that it could scarcely be recognized." [Macaulay.]
  2. Horrible; shocking; dreadful; hideous."Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail." [Milton.]

Etymology: OE. gastlich gastli, fearful, causing fear, fr. gasten to terrify, AS. g├Žstan. Cf. Aghast Gast Gaze Ghostly

adverb Ghast"ly
In a ghastly manner; hideously.
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  1. Shockingly repellent; inspiring horror ("ghastly wounds")
  2. Gruesomely indicative of death or the dead ("ghastly shrieks")

From a conflation of a derivation of Old English gǣstan (“to torment, frighten”) with the suffix -lic, and ghostly (which was also spelt "gastlich" in Middle English). Equivalent to ghast/gast + -ly. Spelling with 'gh' developed 16th century due to the conflation.

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Past life for Ghastly born Jul 20, 1980

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-Central approximately on 1475. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. You should develop self-love and ability to implant hope into hearts of people. Ambition - is not everything. True wealth is buried in your soul.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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