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Definition 1: provoking horror - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • an atrocious automobile accident
  • a frightful crime of decapitation
  • an alarming, even horrifying, picture
  • war is beyond all words horrible
  • an ugly wound

Synonyms for frightful in the sense of this definition

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

Definition 2: extremely distressing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • fearful slum conditions
  • a frightful mistake

Synonyms for frightful in the sense of this definition

(frightful 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: extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • in a frightful hurry
  • spent a frightful amount of money

Synonyms for frightful in the sense of this definition

(frightful is similar to ...) beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

"extraordinary authority" "an extraordinary achievement" "her extraordinary beauty" "enjoyed extraordinary popularity" "an extraordinary capacity for work" "an extraordinary session of the legislature"

(frightful is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

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