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Meaning of DREADFUL

Pronunciation:  'dredful

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [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. [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. [adj]  very unpleasant
 

DREADFUL is a 8 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: abominable, alarming, atrocious, awful, bad, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, painful, terrible, unpleasant, unspeakable
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Dread"ful\, a.
1. Full of dread or terror; fearful. [Obs.] ``With dreadful
   heart.'' --Chaucer.

2. Inspiring dread; impressing great fear; fearful; terrible;
   as, a dreadful storm. `` Dreadful gloom.'' --Milton.

         For all things are less dreadful than they seem.
                                               --Wordsworth.

3. Inspiring awe or reverence; awful. [Obs.] ``God's dreadful
   law.'' --Shak.

Syn: Fearful; frightful; terrific; terrible; horrible;
     horrid; formidable; tremendous; awful; venerable. See
     {Frightful}.

 
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