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English Dictionary: dreadful by the DICT Development Group
2 results for dreadful
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
dreadful
adj
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
            heart.[b8] --Chaucer.
  
      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.
                                                                              --Wordsworth.
  
      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
               {Frightful}.
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