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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dreadful  \Dread"ful\,  a. 
  1.  Full  of  dread  or  terror;  fearful.  [Obs.]  ``With  dreadful 
  heart.''  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  Inspiring  dread;  impressing  great  fear;  fearful;  terrible; 
  as  a  dreadful  storm.  ``  Dreadful  gloom.''  --Milton. 
 
  For  all  things  are  less  dreadful  than  they  seem. 
  --Wordsworth. 
 
  3.  Inspiring  awe  or  reverence;  awful.  [Obs.]  ``God's  dreadful 
  law.''  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  Fearful;  frightful;  terrific;  terrible;  horrible; 
  horrid;  formidable;  tremendous;  awful;  venerable.  See 
  {Frightful}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dreadful 
  adj  1:  causing  fear  or  dread  or  terror;  "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"  [syn:  {awful},  {dire},  {direful},  {dread(a)},  {dreaded}, 
  {fearful},  {fearsome},  {frightening},  {horrendous},  {horrific}, 
  {terrible}] 
  2:  exceptionally  bad  or  displeasing;  "atrocious  taste"; 
  "abominable  workmanship";  "an  awful  voice";  "dreadful 
  manners";  "a  painful  performance";  "terrible  handwriting"; 
  "an  unspeakable  odor  came  sweeping  into  the  room"  [syn:  {atrocious}, 
  {abominable},  {awful},  {painful},  {terrible},  {unspeakable}] 
  3:  very  unpleasant 




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