/ˈdrɛd fə li/
in a dreadful way:
The pain has increased dreadfully.
Sorry to be so dreadfully late.
Middle English. See
in a shocking, or disagreeable manner
you're dreadfully kind
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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.
It goes wrong-quite dreadfully wrong-in its more mechanically spectacular moments.
Those alive are thus granted their fullness of years but their deaths are made dreadfully significant.
They also understood that those networks were dreadfully insecure.
And that is an expensive piece of work there, dreadfully expensive.
He is dreadfully upset and slips into church to pray for a miracle and forgiveness.
But his conscience plagued him dreadfully for a long time afterwards.
In fact, if your map was dreadfully out of date-say a hundred and fifty years-it would look oddly familiar to today's map.
We all had malaria and were dreadfully sick all summer.
Here at last, was a partial solution to the problem of excessive rents and dreadfully subnormal incomes.
When the peacekeepers become the exploiters, something is dreadfully wrong.
Something has got to be dreadfully wrong in the process.