Definition of frightful
- a frightful novel
- frightful thirst
As he fell, he let out a frightful scream.
a frightful illness that causes extreme pain
The children made a frightful mess of the kitchen.
Many critics have expressed shock at the song's frightful lyrics.
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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