Frightful meaning

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Causing fright; terrifying.
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Causing disgust or shock; horrifying.
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Causing fright; terrifying; alarming.
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Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or tempest; a frightful appearance.
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Used as an intensifier.

We wasted a frightful amount of money on renovations.

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Shocking; terrible.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
frightful
Comparative:
frightfuller

Origin of frightful

  • From Middle English frightful (“afraid”), from Old English forhtful (“fainthearted, timorous”), equivalent to fright +‎ -ful.

    From Wiktionary