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ˈdrɛd fə lidread·ful·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dreadfully, awfully, horriblyadverb

    of a dreadful kind

    "there was a dreadfully bloody accident on the road this morning"

  2. dismally, dreadfullyadverb

    in a dreadful manner

    "as he looks at the mess he has left behind he must wonder how the Brits so often managed to succeed in the kind of situation where he has so dismally failed"


  1. dreadfullyadverb

    In a dreadful manner.

  2. dreadfullyadverb

    Exceptionally, eminently, very much.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dreadfullyadverb

    Terribly; frightfully.

    Etymology: from dreadful.

    Not sharp revenge, nor hell itself can find
    A fiercer torment than a guilty mind,
    Which day and night doth dreadfully accuse,
    Condemns the wretch, and still the charge renews. Dryden.


  1. dreadfully

    Dreadfully is an adverb that means in an extremely bad or serious way, causing great fear or worry. It can also mean to a very high degree or extent, often used for emphasis to express something negative or unpleasant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dreadfullyadverb

    in a dreadful manner; terribly

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dreadfully in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dreadfully in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of dreadfully in a Sentence

  1. Louisa May Alcott:

    People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays; men have to work and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world.

  2. Herbert Clark Hoover:

    It is a curious fact that when we get sick we want an uncommon doctor... When we get into a war, we dreadfully want an uncommon admiral and an uncommon general. Only when we get into politics are we content with the common man.

  3. Ronald Firbank:

    The world is so dreadfully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain.

  4. Kingman Brewster, Jr.:

    The function of a briefing paper is to prevent the ambassador from saying something dreadfully indiscreet. I sometimes think its true object is to prevent the ambassador from saying anything at all.

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