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Date: 1700-1800
Language: Arabic
Origin: ghul, from ghala 'to seize'

ghoul

noun
     
ghoul [countable]
1 an evil spirit in stories that takes bodies from graves (=place in the ground where dead people are buried) and eats them
2 someone who gets pleasure from unpleasant things such as accidents that shock other people
ghoulish adjective

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