Ghoul definition

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An evil spirit or demon in Muslim folklore believed to plunder graves and feed on corpses.
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One who delights in the revolting, morbid, or loathsome.
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A grave robber.
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In popular folklore, an undead or subhuman being, especially one that eats human flesh.
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A grave robber.
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One who delights in the revolting, morbid, or loathsome.
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(muslim folklore) An evil spirit that robs graves and feeds on the flesh of the dead.
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A person who robs graves.
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A person who derives pleasure from morbid or revolting acts or things.
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(mythology, folklore) A spirit said to feed on corpses.
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A graverobber; a person with an undue interest in death and corpses.
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In popular folklore, an undead or subhuman being, especially one that eats human flesh.
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An evil spirit or demon in Muslim folklore believed to plunder graves and feed on corpses.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ghoul
Plural:
ghouls

Origin of ghoul

  • Arabic ġūl from ġāla to seize, snatch ġwl in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Arabic ġūl from ġāla to seize, snatch ġwl in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Persian غول (ğul) — an imaginary sylvan demon, supposed to devour men and animals. Cognate to Arabic غول and French goule.

    From Wiktionary