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penny dreadful

noun, plural penny dreadfuls. Chiefly British
1.
a cheap, sensational novel of adventure, crime, or violence; dime novel.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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British Dictionary definitions for penny-dreadful

penny-dreadful

noun (pl) -fuls
1.
(Brit, informal) a cheap, often lurid or sensational book or magazine
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