in a dreadful way: The pain has increased dreadfully.
very; extremely: Sorry to be so dreadfully late.

1275–1325; Middle English. See dreadful, -ly

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dreadfully (ˈdrɛdfʊlɪ)
1.  in a shocking, or disagreeable manner
2.  (intensifier): you're dreadfully kind

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Example sentences
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.
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