ghostly

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From Middle English gostly, gastlich, from Old English gāstlīċ(spiritual, holy, clerical (not lay), ghastly, ghostly, spectral), equivalent to ghost +‎ -ly. Cognate with Scots gostly, gastly, gaistlie(spiritual, ghastly, terrifying), West Frisian geastlik(spiritual, clerical, religious), Dutch geestelijk(spiritual, clerical, ecclesiastical), German geistlich(spiritual, sacred, religious), Danish geistlig(ecclesiastical, clerical).

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ghostly ‎(comparative ghostlier, superlative ghostliest)

  1. Of or pertaining to ghosts or spirits.
    a ghostly figure with a hood.
    the graveyard was haunted by a ghostly figure of a young girl.
    the ghostly moaning was heard from upstairs.
  2. Spooky; frightening.
  3. Relating to the soul; not carnal or secular; spiritual.
    a ghostly confessor
    • Book of Common Prayer
      Save and defend us from our ghostly enemies.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      One of the ghostly children of St. Jerome.

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