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/ˈdrɛd fə li/
in a dreadful way:
The pain has increased dreadfully.
Sorry to be so dreadfully late.
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excited and promptly sent for her husband in order to heap the bitterest reproaches upon him.
heavy and discouraging, and not even the strawberry jam had power to redeem it.
The population is expanding
but not visibly exploding.
They claim that environmental groups are politically adrift and
out of touch.
Today, after months of calm, things went
The formation of a new government could go
Ragpickers suffer from
high levels of illness, especially respiratory diseases.
The result is poorly implemented, non-standard interfaces and
The book is flawed by a
trite conclusion and the technological background is not as complete as it might be.
pertinent soundtrack consists of wailing, clanging music heard steadily in the background.
British Dictionary definitions for
in a shocking, or disagreeable manner
you're dreadfully kind
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TRUE!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?
Edgar Allan Poe
There's something dreadfully decisive about a beheading.
Nothing dates one so dreadfully as to think someplace is uptown.... At our age one must be watchful...