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[dred-fuh-lee] /ˈdrɛd fə li/
in a dreadful way:
The pain has increased dreadfully.
very; extremely:
Sorry to be so dreadfully late.
Origin of dreadfully
1275-1325; Middle English. See dreadful, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for dreadfully
  • She became dreadfully excited and promptly sent for her husband in order to heap the bitterest reproaches upon him.
  • It was dreadfully heavy and discouraging, and not even the strawberry jam had power to redeem it.
  • The population is expanding dreadfully but not visibly exploding.
  • They claim that environmental groups are politically adrift and dreadfully out of touch.
  • Today, after months of calm, things went dreadfully wrong.
  • The formation of a new government could go dreadfully wrong.
  • Ragpickers suffer from dreadfully high levels of illness, especially respiratory diseases.
  • The result is poorly implemented, non-standard interfaces and dreadfully lacking specifications.
  • The book is flawed by a dreadfully trite conclusion and the technological background is not as complete as it might be.
  • The film's dreadfully pertinent soundtrack consists of wailing, clanging music heard steadily in the background.
British Dictionary definitions for dreadfully


in a shocking, or disagreeable manner
(intensifier): you're dreadfully kind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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