|English Dictionary: dreadful
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|2 results for dreadful|
|From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:|
- causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an
awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"
Synonym(s): awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible
- exceptionally bad or displeasing; "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"
Synonym(s): atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable
- very unpleasant
|From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:|
Dreadful \Dread"ful\, a.|
1. Full of dread or terror; fearful. [Obs.] [bd]With dreadful
2. Inspiring dread; impressing great fear; fearful; terrible;
as, a dreadful storm. [bd] Dreadful gloom.[b8] --Milton.
For all things are less dreadful than they seem.
3. Inspiring awe or reverence; awful. [Obs.] [bd]God's
dreadful law.[b8] --Shak.
Syn: Fearful; frightful; terrific; terrible; horrible;
horrid; formidable; tremendous; awful; venerable. See
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