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Synonyms for ghastliness

the quality of being ghastly

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There was something so methodical and so incomprehensible about the deeds of this unknown assassin, that it imparted a fresh ghastliness to his crimes.
It is as if she were meditating on the philosophical implications of being alienated from oneself, borrowing from Melville's Ishmael in "that blackness of darkness" when "I but the better saw the redness, the madness, the ghastliness of others" (476).
WHILE terrorism preoccupies policy-makers following the ghastliness in Paris, what could you and I be doing?
Maybe what's happened is that the American people are waking up to the ghastliness of not just what the Boyds are doing to huge unborn babies, but to the savagery which is abortion at any stage.
The people of Scotland may be split on the question of independence, but the retina-burning ghastliness of the turquoise, fuschia and mustard tartan uniforms have united the nation as one.
The goriness and ghastliness of the books, illustrated by Graham Howells, is designed to appeal to pupils and provide them with an incentive to study a subject that has been the subject of considerable debate since Education Secretary Michael Gove's bungled attempt to put history in a straitjacket.
She said that her philosophy has always been that no one can prepare a mother for the true ghastliness of birth.
My philosophy has always been that no one prepares you for the true ghastliness of birth.
Sebald likened the ghastliness of history to a Medusa's head: looking at it directly would cause the writer to turn to stone.
Besides the usual Deformities in extreme old Age, they acquired an additional Ghastliness in Proportion to their Number of Years, which is not to be described" (Vol 3, x).
Its appeal and its ghastliness come from its acute contraction of cultures and histories and languages.
You understood the ghastliness of it all, and you knew how to deny it, too.
An aged stranger entered and moved with slow and noiseless step up the main aisle, his eyes fixed upon the minister, his long body clothed in a robe that reached to his feet, his head bare, his white hair descending in a frothy cataract to his shoulders, his seamy face unnaturally pale, pale even to ghastliness.
This was long a standard formula for popular fiction as well, and one often gets a comparable feeling from Battle Cry: some of the ghastliness and terror of battle (rotting corpses, urine running down Mac's leg) is adequately described only to be quickly subsumed by clowning and sentiment.
But I suppose such emptiness is one of the defining features of car stickers, for which I have developed an irrational hatred that gnaws at my soul with all the nauseating ghastliness of a Cliff Richard single.