Noxious vs Ghastly - What's the difference?

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Noxious is a related term of ghastly.

As adjectives the difference between noxious and ghastly

is that noxious is harmful; injurious while ghastly is like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid; dismal.

As an adverb ghastly is

in a ghastly manner.

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Alternative forms

* (obsolete)


(en adjective)
  • Harmful; injurious.
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    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "noxious" is often applied: substance, chemical, fume, gas, odor, plant, weed, animal, stimulus, stimulation.


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  • Like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid; dismal.
  • *(Samuel Taylor Coleridge) (1772-1834)
  • *:Each turned his face with a ghastly pang.
  • * (1800-1859)
  • *:His face was so ghastly that it could scarcely be recognized.
  • Horrifyingly shocking.
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail.
  • *
  • *:They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
  • Extremely bad.
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  • Synonyms

    * lurid


  • In a ghastly manner.
  • He turned ghastly pale on hearing the news.