Definition of dreadful
dreadfullyplay \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
dreadfulnessplay \-fəl-nəs\ noun
Examples of dreadful in a Sentence
Her performance was absolutely dreadful.
Those children have such dreadful manners.
Recent Examples of dreadful from the Web
Hillary Clinton, who performed excellently in the dreadful campaign that highlighted misogyny in our society last year, has known all her life that she is expected to let her hair down, smile, and be the woman who stands behind the man.
Catchers Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez have been dreadful on the offensive side, and though Cleveland is more than satisfied with their defense, the club could accelerate the arrival of the 21-year-old Mejia, currently in Double A, if he's not traded.
Although the man, Michael McPherson, was later tried and jailed for eight years, the corrosive liquid did its dreadful work.
His 3-point percentage that season – 17.1 percent – was strikingly dreadful.
The story is dreadful and has affected hundreds of lives.
There were hand-delivered telegrams when something dreadful happened in Baltimore and a pay phone a few blocks away at the store that sold the suntan oil and beach chairs.
The polls remain dreadful for this joke of a president; the contradictions of Republicanism are being savagely exposed; the legislative agenda of an all-Republican government is careening.
And the Indians turned the page on a dreadful weekend with their strongest offensive showing of the year.
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DREADFUL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dreadful for English Language Learners
: very bad or unpleasant
DREADFUL Defined for Kids
Definition of dreadful for Students
1 : causing fear a dreadful storm
2 : very unpleasant a dreadful cold
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