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The poets recounted every last ghastliness with an air of wide-eyed fascination, and they went about it systematically, too.
Due to the ongoing destruction of the middle class, such sad notices will only gain in number and ghastliness.
The people of Scotland may be split on the question of independence, but the retina-burning ghastliness of the turquoise, fuschia and mustard tartan uniforms have united the nation as one.
The innocuously effete ring of "oubliette" disguises the utter ghastliness of its meaning--a terminal prison where one is sent to be, quite literally, forgotten (oublie), a chamber designed to foreclose release.
Blundell conceived blood in vitalistic terms, as a re-animating fluid, while his descriptions of transfused women, characterised by Gothic romanticism, evoke 'the ghastliness of the countenance' found in vampiric victims.
But the true epicure in the terrible, to whom a new thrill of unutterable ghastliness is the chief end and justification of existence, esteems most of all the ancient, lonely farmhouses of backwoods New England; for there the dark elements of strength, solitude, grotesqueness, and ignorance combine to form the perfection of the hideous.
She said that her philosophy has always been that no one can prepare a mother for the true ghastliness of birth.
My philosophy has always been that no one prepares you for the true ghastliness of birth.
Sebald likened the ghastliness of history to a Medusa's head: looking at it directly would cause the writer to turn to stone.
31-32), concluding, "Especially against the background of the increasing ghastliness of other aspects of twenty-first-century campaigning, the debates are of inestimable value" (p.
Besides the usual Deformities in extreme old Age, they acquired an additional Ghastliness in Proportion to their Number of Years, which is not to be described" (Vol 3, x).
Its appeal and its ghastliness come from its acute contraction of cultures and histories and languages.