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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

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

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