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frightful

adjective fright·ful \ˈfrīt-fəl\

: causing fear

: very bad or shocking

: very strong

Full Definition of FRIGHTFUL

1
:  causing intense fear or alarm :  terrifying
2
:  startling especially in being bad or objectionable <a frightful novel>
3
:  extreme <frightful thirst>
fright·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
fright·ful·ness noun
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Examples of FRIGHTFUL

  1. As he fell, he let out a frightful scream.
  2. a frightful illness that causes extreme pain
  3. The children made a frightful mess of the kitchen.
  4. Many critics have expressed shock at the song's frightful lyrics.

First Known Use of FRIGHTFUL

1607

Rhymes with FRIGHTFUL

FRIGHTFUL Defined for Kids

frightful

adjective fright·ful \ˈfrīt-fəl\

Definition of FRIGHTFUL for Kids

1
:  causing fear or alarm <a frightful scream>
2
:  shocking 1, outrageous <a frightful mess>
fright·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb

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