What does dreadful mean?

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.

  2. dreadfulnoun

    A shocking or sensational report of a crime.

  3. dreadfuladjective

    Causing dread; bad.

  4. 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

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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. Polybius:

    There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man.

  3. Ben Stiller:

    It's one thing to see this destruction on TV or on social networks. Another thing is to see it all with your own eyes. That's a lot more shocking, what you saw in Irpin is definitely dreadful. But it is even worse to just imagine what is happening in the settlements that are still under temporary occupation in the east.

  4. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes in The Copper Beeches:

    It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.

  5. 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).

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