dread fulness

dreadful

[dred-fuhl]
adjective
1.
causing great dread, fear, or terror; terrible: a dreadful storm.
2.
inspiring awe or reverence.
3.
extremely bad, unpleasant, or ugly: dreadful cooking; a dreadful hat.
noun British.
5.
a periodical given to highly sensational matter.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English dredful. See dread, -ful

dreadfulness, noun
quasi-dreadful, adjective
quasi-dreadfully, adverb


1. frightful, dire.
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dreadful (ˈdrɛdfʊl)
 
adj
1.  extremely disagreeable, shocking, or bad: what a dreadful play
2.  (intensifier): this is a dreadful waste of time
3.  causing dread; terrifying
4.  archaic inspiring awe
 
'dreadfulness
 
n

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dreadful
early 13c., "full of dread," from dread + -ful. Meaning "causing dread" is from mid-13c.; weakened sense of "very bad" is from mid-18c. Related: Dreadfully.
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