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dreadful

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adjective dread·ful \ˈdred-fəl\

Simple Definition of dreadful

  • : very bad or unpleasant

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dreadful

  1. 1 a :  inspiring dread :  causing great and oppressive fear b :  inspiring awe or reverence

  2. 2 :  extremely bad, distasteful, unpleasant, or shocking

  3. 3 :  extreme <dreadful disorder>

dreadfully play \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
dreadfulness play \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of dreadful in a sentence

  1. Her performance was absolutely dreadful.

  2. Those children have such dreadful manners.



13th Century

First Known Use of dreadful

13th century


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dreadful

noun dread·ful

Definition of dreadful

  1. :  a cheap and sensational story or periodical



Circa 1873

First Known Use of dreadful

circa 1873


DREADFUL Defined for Kids

dreadful

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adjective dread·ful \ˈdred-fəl\

Definition of dreadful for Students

  1. 1 :  causing fear <a dreadful storm>

  2. 2 :  very unpleasant <a dreadful cold>





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