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Definition 1: causing fear or dread or terror - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dreadful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for dreadful in the sense of this definition

(dreadful is similar to ...) frightening because of an awareness of danger

Definition 2: exceptionally bad or displeasing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dreadful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for dreadful in the sense of this definition

(dreadful is similar to ...) having undesirable or negative qualities

"a bad report card" "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression" "a bad little boy" "clothes in bad shape" "a bad cut" "bad luck" "the news was very bad" "the reviews were bad" "the pay is bad" "it was a bad light for reading" "the movie was a bad choice"

Definition 3: extremely disagreeable and unpleasant - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dreadful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • don't go out, the weather is dreadful

(dreadful is similar to ...) not to your liking

"a disagreeable situation"

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