• noun: an evil creature in frightening stories that robs graves and eats dead bodies
  • noun: a legendary evil being that robs graves and feeds on corpses
  • synonyms: demo, zombie, resurrectionist


  • He took a 'ghoulish' [='sinister'] delight in their troubles.

  • the 'ghoulishness' of his laughter

  • a 'ghoulish' [='fiendish'] laugh

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Movie quotes

  • (..) on the night of Saturnalia. In ancient Rome, this god had another darker side. That other Saturn is a cold and sullen, sluggish ghoul... He committed an unspeakable act of violence against his father... Of all the planets visible to the unaided eye of the ancients, Saturn is the slowest... (..)
    2014 TvShow: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Title: The Clean Room Season: 1 Episode 7
  • (..) You're not real! You're not real. There's no mission. Oh, shit. Shit. You're not real! You are not real! Is this what you are, soldier? Some useless ghoul? The local madman? - I'm not a soldier. - You'll end up in a cell! Old, worthless, discarded. There's no mission. (..)
    2001 A Beautiful Mind
  • (..) You and me with long faces, plunged into despair... because we find out a man didn't kill his wife. We're two of the most frightening ghouls I've ever known. You'd think we could be a little bit happy the poor woman is alive and well. Whatever happened to that old saying, ''Love thy neighbor?'' (..)
    1954 Rear Window