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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Frightful  \Fright"ful\,  a. 
  1.  Full  of  fright;  affrighted;  frightened.  [Obs.] 
 
  See  how  the  frightful  herds  run  from  the  wood.  --W. 
  Browne. 
 
  2.  Full  of  that  which  causes  fright;  exciting  alarm; 
  impressing  terror;  shocking;  as  a  frightful  chasm,  or 
  tempest;  a  frightful  appearance. 
 
  Syn:  Terrible;  dreadful;  alarming;  fearful;  terrific;  awful; 
  horrid;  horrible;  shocking. 
 
  Usage:  {Frightful},  {Dreadful},  {Awful}.  These  words  all 
  express  fear.  In  frightful,  it  is  a  sudden  emotion;  in 
  dreadful,  it  is  deeper  and  more  prolonged;  in  awful, 
  the  fear  is  mingled  with  the  emotion  of  awe,  which 
  subdues  us  before  the  presence  of  some  invisible 
  power.  An  accident  may  be  frightful;  the  approach  of 
  death  is  dreadful  to  most  men;  the  convulsions  of  the 
  earthquake  are  awful. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  frightful 
  adj  1:  provoking  horror;  "an  atrocious  automobile  accident";  "a 
  frightful  crime  of  decapitation";  "an  alarming,  even 
  horrifying,  picture";  "war  is  beyond  all  words 
  horrible"-  Winston  Churchill;  "an  ugly  wound"  [syn:  {atrocious}, 
  {horrifying},  {horrible},  {ugly}] 
  2:  (informal)  extreme  in  degree;  "in  a  frightful  hurry";  "spent 
  a  frightful  amount  of  money" 
  3:  extremely  distressing;  "fearful  slum  conditions";  "a 
  frightful  mistake";  "suffered  terrible  thirst"  [syn:  {fearful}, 
  {terrible}] 




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