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frightful

[frahyt-fuhl]
adjective
1.
such as to cause fright; dreadful, terrible, or alarming: A frightful howl woke us.
2.
horrible, shocking, or revolting: The storm did frightful damage.
3.
Informal. unpleasant; disagreeable: We had a frightful time.
4.
Informal. very great; extreme: That actor is very talented but a frightful ham.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English; see fright, -ful

frightfully, adverb
frightfulness, noun
unfrightful, adjective


1. fearful, awful. 2. hideous, dread, horrid, ghastly; gruesome.


1, 2. delightful.
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frightful (ˈfraɪtfʊl)
 
adj
1.  very alarming, distressing, or horrifying
2.  unpleasant, annoying, or extreme: a frightful hurry
 
'frightfulness
 
n

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frightful
mid-13c., "timid;" c.1600 "alarming;" from fright + -ful. In common with most -ful adjectives, it once had both an active and passive sense. Meaning "dreadful, horrible, shocking" (often hyperbolic) is attested from c.1700; Johnson noted it as "a
cant word among women for anything unpleasing." Related: Frightfully.
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