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dreadful

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adjective dread·ful \ˈdred-fəl\

Definition of dreadful

  1. 1a :  inspiring dread (see 2dread 1a) :  causing great and oppressive fear a dreadful attackb :  inspiring awe or reverence

  2. 2 :  extremely bad, distasteful, unpleasant, or shocking a dreadful idea a dreadful performance dreadful behavior The food was absolutely dreadful.

  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.

Origin and Etymology of dreadful

see 1dread


First Known Use: 13th century


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dreadful

noun dread·ful

Definition of dreadful

publishing

  1. :  a cheap and sensational (see sensational 2) story or periodical

Origin and Etymology of dreadful

see 1dread


First Known Use: circa 1873


DREADFUL Defined for English Language Learners

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dreadful

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adjective dread·ful \ˈdred-fəl\

Definition of dreadful for English Language Learners

  • : very bad or unpleasant


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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