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Meaning & Definition of Dreadful in English

English

Dreadful

/drɛdfəl/

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • awful
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  • dire
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  • direful
  • ,
  • dread(a)
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  • dreaded
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  • dreadful
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  • fearful
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  • fearsome
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  • frightening
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  • horrendous
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  • horrific
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  • terrible

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • atrocious
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  • abominable
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  • awful
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  • dreadful
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  • painful
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  • terrible
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  • unspeakable

3. Very unpleasant

    synonym:
  • dreadful

Examples of using

I've never heard anything more dreadful.
It is so dreadful that I don't want to think of it.