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Definition of "ghoul" []

  • One who delights in the revolting, morbid, or loathsome. (noun)
  • A grave robber. (noun)
  • An evil spirit or demon in Muslim folklore believed to plunder graves and feed on corpses. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ghoul" in a sentence
  • "In Somalia and Afghanistan clerics matter-of-factly described to your correspondent the range of jinn they had encountered, from the saintly to the demonic; those that can fly, those that crawl, plodding jinn, invisible jinn, gul with vampiric tendencies (from which the English word ghoul is taken), and shape-shifters recognisable in human form because their feet are turned backwards."
  • "She is also the oldest living ghoul from the 1968 horror classic "Night of the Living Dead.""
  • "Your lives are boring and the fact that you are posting on this site about a Rupert Everett Wanabee ghoul is proof thereof."