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1. awful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible

causing fear or dread or terror

Example Sentences:
'the awful war'
'an awful risk'
'dire news'
'a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked'
'the dread presence of the headmaster'
'polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was'
'a dreadful storm'
'a fearful howling'
'horrendous explosions shook the city'
'a terrible curse'

2. abominable, atrocious, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable

exceptionally bad or displeasing

Example Sentences:
'atrocious taste'
'abominable workmanship'
'an awful voice'
'dreadful manners'
'a painful performance'
'terrible handwriting'
'an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room'

3. dreadful

very unpleasant

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of dreadful
extremely disagreeable, shocking, or bad
what a dreadful play
this is a dreadful waste of time
causing dread; terrifying
4. archaic
inspiring awe

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see synonyms of dreadful
inspiring dread; terrible or awesome
2.  Informal
very bad, offensive, disagreeable, etc.

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of dreadful
1. Extremely bad, unpleasant, or distasteful: dreadful prose; this dreadful heat.
2. Inspiring dread; terrible: dreadful noises; a dreadful tragedy.

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