Dreadful definition

drĕdfəl
Extremely unpleasant; distasteful or shocking.

Dreadful table manners; this dreadful heat.

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Very bad, offensive, disagreeable, etc.
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Inspiring dread; terrible.
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Inspiring dread; terrible or awesome.
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Causing dread; very bad.
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A shocking or sensational crime.
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A shocking or sensational report of a crime.
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The definition of dreadful is terrible, shocking or very disturbing.

An example of something dreadful is a horrific car crash scene.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dreadful
Plural:
dreadfuls

Adjective

Base Form:
dreadful
Superlative:
dreadfulest

Origin of dreadful

  • From Middle English dredful, dredeful, equivalent to dread +‎ -ful.

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