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Adjective
Shocking, especially in a manner tending to cause fear or dread
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“The dreadful sight of Pan and the still more dreadful noise he made so frightened the sheep that they fled in all directions.”
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Extremely awful or disagreeable
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“Tipping it to her lips, she braced herself for the dreadful taste of whatever swamp water soldiers drank.”
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Very bad or lackluster in standard or quality
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“Then he raised his voice, with a dreadful effort at self-control.”
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Significant or extreme in degree or intensity
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“I had to tell Richard I was unable to tolerate the dreadful pain any longer.”
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Causing distress, sadness or anxiety
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“The vizier laid before his master the dreadful news of a general revolt, both of his troops and provinces in the south.”
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Characterized by wickedness or brutality
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“The dreadful tyrant of cruel rod brings ruin upon himself by frightful deeds.”
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Very serious or urgent in nature
“It was only with the conviction she was deeply conflicted by some dreadful issue that I hung in there with her.”
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Having an ugly or frightening appearance
“Instead of recoiling in dismay from the dreadful and misshapen forms, a minority of observers began to view them with a sort of fearful fascination.”
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To an absolute degree
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“I'm afraid I've made a dreadful mess of things, Gregory. I simply couldn't help myself.”
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Unreasonably or absurdly extreme in degree or extent
“In those dreadful early hours of the morning, when life ebbed to its lowest point, hope kept me going.”
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Very bad or unpleasant, especially to the senses
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Conspicuously or obviously bad, wrong or offensive
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Slightly ill or not fully fit or healthy
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Impossible to tolerate
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