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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, terrible(adj)

    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, unspeakable(adj)

    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. dreadful(adj)

    very unpleasant

Wiktionary

  1. dreadful(Noun)

    A shocking or sensational crime.

    Etymology: From dredful, dredeful, equivalent to .

  2. dreadful(Noun)

    A shocking or sensational report of a crime.

    Etymology: From dredful, dredeful, equivalent to .

  3. dreadful(Adjective)

    Causing dread; bad.

    Etymology: From dredful, dredeful, equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dreadful(adj)

    full of dread or terror; fearful

  2. Dreadful(adj)

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

  3. Dreadful(adj)

    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
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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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. Maddy Boteler:

    What’s affecting us the most is that we are not hearing anything. It’s just dreadful, just sitting there waiting for the phone to ring, sowe aretrying to just stand in fate and that we are going to get the phone call soon that he is foundsafeand he is alive.

  2. Sophocles, Antigone:

    How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong!

  3. Thomas Groome:

    Even the bishops themselves recognize they have lost their credibility in monitoring this dreadful crisis, without strong oversight by competent lay people, it wont be seen as credible.

  4. Jane Austen:

    Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.

  5. Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan:

    It is too early to know the full extent of this dreadful accident. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the deceased and those who have been injured.

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    relating to a technique that does not involve puncturing the skin or entering a body cavity
    • A. greedy
    • B. plush
    • C. brilliant
    • D. noninvasive

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