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Definitions for dreadful
ˈdrɛd fəldread·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terribleadjective

    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"

  2. atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakableadjective

    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"

  3. dreadfuladjective

    very unpleasant

Wiktionary

  1. dreadfulnoun

    A shocking or sensational crime.

    Etymology: From dredful, dredeful, equivalent to .

  2. dreadfulnoun

    A shocking or sensational report of a crime.

    Etymology: From dredful, dredeful, equivalent to .

  3. dreadfuladjective

    Causing dread; bad.

    Etymology: From dredful, dredeful, equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dreadfuladjective

    full of dread or terror; fearful

  2. Dreadfuladjective

    inspiring dread; impressing great fear; fearful; terrible; as, a dreadful storm

  3. Dreadfuladjective

    inspiring awe or reverence; awful

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dreadful' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3528

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dreadful' in Adjectives Frequency: #777

How to pronounce dreadful?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dreadful in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dreadful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of dreadful in a Sentence

  1. Sophocles, Antigone:

    How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong!

  2. Judith Flanders:

    The names of the pubs stank. The names of the pubs were dreadful, (They) sounded like cheap 1990s wine bars. We really worked on the names of the pubs (from a published list of names from the 1850s).

  3. Simon Cowell:

    I'd accept an honour but I don't think I'm likely to get one. The Queen once described me as a dreadful man

  4. William Blake:

    What seems to be, is, to those to whom it seems to be, and is productive of the most dreadful consequences to those to whom it seems to be, even of torments, despair, eternal death.

  5. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho:

    It's very crucial that the world understands that... malaria can be got rid of. That we're not condemned to live with such a dreadful disease - which is preventable and treatable - beyond our generation, i'm an optimist and I'm hoping to see that in my lifetime.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. askant
    • B. usurious
    • C. numinous
    • D. naiant

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