dreadful

  • 1 Dreadful — Dread ful, a. 1. Full of dread or terror; fearful. [Obs.] With dreadful heart. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Inspiring dread; impressing great fear; fearful; terrible; as, a dreadful storm. Dreadful gloom. Milton. [1913 Webster] For all things are… …

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  • 2 dreadful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) extremely bad or serious. 2) used for emphasis: a dreadful flirt. DERIVATIVES dreadfully adverb …

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  • 3 dreadful — index adverse (negative), bad (inferior), deplorable, detrimental, dire, disastrous, disreputable …

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  • 4 dreadful — early 13c., full of dread, from DREAD (Cf. dread) + FUL (Cf. ful). Meaning causing dread is from mid 13c.; weakened sense of very bad is from c.1700. Related: Dreadfully …

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  • 5 dreadful — horrible, horrific, appalling, *fearful, awful, frightful, terrible, terrific, shocking …

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  • 6 dreadful — [adj] horrible, frightening abominable, alarming, appalling, atrocious, awful, bad, beastly, creepy*, dire, distressing, fearful, formidable, frightful, frozen, ghastly, godawful*, grievous, grim, grody*, gross*, hideous, horrendous, horrific,… …

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  • 7 dreadful — [dred′fəl] adj. [ME dredeful] 1. inspiring dread; terrible or awesome 2. Informal very bad, offensive, disagreeable, etc. dreadfulness n …

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  • 8 dreadful — [[t]dre̱dfʊl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you say that something is dreadful, you mean that it is very bad or unpleasant, or very poor in quality. They told us the dreadful news... My financial situation is dreadful. Syn: awful, appalling Derived words …

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  • 9 dreadful — I. adjective Date: 13th century 1. a. inspiring dread ; causing great and oppressive fear < a dreadful storm > b. inspiring awe or reverence < the dreadful sublimity of the mountain peaks > 2. extremely bad, distasteful, unpleasant, or shocking < …

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  • 10 dreadful — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, look, smell, sound, taste ▪ Poor thing! You look absolutely dreadful! (= very ill) ADVERB ▪ …

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  • 11 dreadful — dreadfulness, n. /dred feuhl/, adj. 1. causing great dread, fear, or terror; terrible: a dreadful storm. 2. inspiring awe or reverence. 3. extremely bad, unpleasant, or ugly: dreadful cooking; a dreadful hat. n. Brit. 4. See penny dreadful. 5. a… …

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  • 12 dreadful — adj. dreadful to + inf. (it is dreadful to contemplate the possibility of another war) * * * [ dredf(ə)l] dreadful to + inf. (it is dreadful to contemplate the possibility of another war) …

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  • 13 dreadful — /ˈdrɛdfəl / (say dredfuhl) adjective 1. extremely bad or unpleasant: a dreadful mistake; a dreadful film. 2. causing great dread, fear, or terror; terrible: a dreadful storm. 3. venerable; awe inspiring. –noun 4. → penny dreadful. –dreadfully,… …

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  • 14 dreadful — dread|ful [ˈdredfəl] adj 1.) extremely unpleasant = ↑terrible ▪ We ve had some dreadful weather lately. ▪ Michelle felt absolutely dreadful (=very ill) . 2.) [only before noun] used to emphasize how bad something or someone is = ↑terrible ▪ He… …

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  • 15 dreadful — dread|ful [ dredfəl ] adjective ** 1. ) very unpleasant: dreadful news The trip was dreadful. 2. ) only before noun used for emphasizing how bad something is: It s a dreadful shame that you can t go …

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  • 16 dreadful — adjective 1) a dreadful accident Syn: terrible, frightful, horrible, grim, awful, dire; horrifying, alarming, shocking, distressing, appalling, harrowing; ghastly, fearful, horrendous; tragic, calamitous; formal …

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  • 17 dreadful — adjective 1) a dreadful accident Syn: terrible, frightful, horrible, grim, awful, horrifying, shocking, distressing, appalling, harrowing, ghastly, fearful, horrendous, tragic 2) a dreadful meal …

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  • 18 dreadful */*/ — UK [ˈdredf(ə)l] / US [ˈdredfəl] adjective 1) very unpleasant dreadful news The journey was dreadful. 2) [only before noun] used for emphasizing how bad something is It s a dreadful shame that you can t go …

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  • 19 dreadful — adjective especially BrE 1 extremely unpleasant: We ve had some dreadful weather lately. 2 (only before noun) used to emphasize how bad something or someone is: It s a dreadful waste of money …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 dreadful — dread•ful [[t]ˈdrɛd fəl[/t]] adj. 1) causing great dread, fear, or terror; terrible: a dreadful storm[/ex] 2) inspiring awe or reverence 3) extremely bad, unpleasant, or ugly: a dreadful scandal[/ex] • Etymology: 1175–1225 dread′ful•ness, n …

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