penny dreadful

noun

: a novel of violent adventure or crime
penny-dreadful adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of penny dreadful was in 1861

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“Penny dreadful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penny%20dreadful. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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