frightful

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adjective fright·ful \ˈfrīt-fəl\

Definition of frightful

  1. 1 :  causing intense fear or alarm :  terrifying

  2. 2 :  startling especially in being bad or objectionable a frightful novel

  3. 3 :  extreme frightful thirst

frightfully

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frightfulness

noun

Examples of frightful in a sentence

  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.

1607

First Known Use of frightful

1607


FRIGHTFUL Defined for English Language Learners

frightful

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adjective fright·ful \ˈfrīt-fəl\

Definition of frightful for English Language Learners

  • : causing fear

  • : very bad or shocking

  • : very strong


FRIGHTFUL Defined for Kids

frightful

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adjective fright·ful \ˈfrīt-fəl\

Definition of frightful for Students

  1. 1 :  causing fear or alarm a frightful scream

  2. 2 :  shocking 1, outrageous a frightful mess

frightfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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