What does dreadful mean?

Definitions for dreadful
ˈdrɛd fəldread·ful

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dreadful.

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.

  2. dreadfulnoun

    A shocking or sensational report of a crime.

  3. dreadfuladjective

    Causing dread; bad.

  4. Etymology: From dredful, dredeful, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dreadfulnoun

    Terrible; frightful; formidable.

    Etymology: dread and full.

    Thy love, still arm’d with fate,
    Is dreadful as thy hate. George Granville.

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

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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. Elizabeth Bowen:

    It is in this unearthly first hour of spring twilight that earth's almost agonized livingness is most felt. This hour is so dreadful to some people that they hurry indoors and turn on the lights.

  2. Jacqueline Job:

    Ignorance is a dangerous and dreadful disease.

  3. Hendrik Willem van Loon:

    The world is in dreadful need of men who will assume the new leadership – who will have the courage of their own visions and who will recognise clearly that we are only at the beginning of the voyage, and have to learn an entirely new system of seamanship.

  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. Stephen Innes:

    After a dreadful December for risk markets, crude oil continues to catch a positive vibe.

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