such as to cause
; dreadful, terrible, or alarming:
A frightful howl woke us.
horrible, shocking, or revolting:
The storm did frightful damage.
We had a frightful time.
very great; extreme:
That actor is very talented but a frightful ham.
hideous, dread, horrid, ghastly; gruesome.
very alarming, distressing, or horrifying
unpleasant, annoying, or extreme:
a frightful hurry
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The weather across the nation for much of this winter has been frightful, as have heating bills.
She lives below ground level, and it took me a frightful lot of effort to climb one flight of stairs and leave the building.
The costumes are a mixed business-some excellent, some frightful.
She was photographed cycling round the roads in frightful off-the-peg frocks.
It is really frightful to imagine the ways the war might go from that point.
With all the rioting that's been occurring the country may become a frightful place to reside in within the near future.
And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt.
State-enforced amnesia suppressed immediately the entire atrocity with frightful efficiency.
The weather doesn't have to be frightful for a winter holiday celebration.
Viewed through the prism of geopolitics, the world is indeed a frightful place.
Those fanciful and frightful things are surely many years away and may prove too challenging and disturbing for society to allow.
The weather outside is frightful, but video games are delightful.
Frightful departs from falcon norms because she was not taught them.
Thrice each day the water rushed into a frightful chasm, and thrice was disgorged.
She became a cruel monster of so frightful an aspect that no living thing could behold her without being turned into stone.
Then they would have some frightful experiences with the cold.
He published a succession of pages showing the frightful cost at which the aigrette was secured.
Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness: but with poverty everything becomes frightful.
There is nothing more frightful than an active ignorance.
Moreover, as long as that frightful personage lived you remained silent.
The last few yards was a frightful struggle against this faintness.
Daley's hair perspires and curls up in frightful wings over his ears.
But despite those frightful losses there were also years of tremendous gains.
Everything was about to come to a sudden and frightful end.
Top with low-fat cheese for a calcium kick and serve up this frightful treat that's sure to please any ghost or ghoul.
When the weather outside is frightful, many of us find feeding birds and other wildlife quite delightful.
It is no wonder that early sailors thought whales to be frightful sea serpents.
Despite frightful weather, take charge of your health.
Family friendly events are affordably priced and offer safe, but frightful, fun.
Even more personally tragic than the loss of so many that served by his side those frightful days was the loss of his brother.
The witching one's were out and met with an evening full of spooky sounds, chilling creativity, and frightful displays.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
The larger mustelids such as mink, marten and fisher pursue small weasels with frightful determination.
Keep your holiday fun not frightful by follow these tips for improved nighttime visibility and costume and food safety.
Needless to say, it was a frightful experience for plaintiffs.