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dreadful

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adjective dread·ful \ˈdred-fəl\

Simple Definition of dreadful

  • : very bad or unpleasant

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>

dread·ful·ly play \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
dread·ful·ness play \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of dreadful

  1. Her performance was absolutely dreadful.

  2. Those children have such dreadful manners.



13th Century

First Known Use of dreadful

13th century


2

dreadful

noun dread·ful

Definition of dreadful

  1. :  a cheap and sensational story or periodical



Circa 1873

First Known Use of dreadful

circa 1873


DREADFULLY Defined for Kids

dreadfully

adverb dread·ful·ly \ˈdred-fə-lē\

Definition of dreadfully

  1. 1 :  1very 1 <I'm dreadfully sorry.>

  2. 2 :  very badly <The play went dreadfully.>





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