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Meaning of FRIGHTFUL

Pronunciation:  'frItful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  provoking horror; "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound"
  2. [adj]  extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake"; "suffered terrible thirst"
  3. [adj]  (informal) extreme in degree; "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money"

FRIGHTFUL is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: alarming, atrocious, bad, extraordinary, fearful, horrible, horrifying, terrible, ugly



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fright"ful\, a.
1. Full of fright; affrighted; frightened. [Obs.]

         See how the frightful herds run from the wood. --W.

2. Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm;
   impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or
   tempest; a frightful appearance.

Syn: Terrible; dreadful; alarming; fearful; terrific; awful;
     horrid; horrible; shocking.

Usage: {Frightful}, {Dreadful}, {Awful}. These words all
       express fear. In frightful, it is a sudden emotion; in
       dreadful, it is deeper and more prolonged; in awful,
       the fear is mingled with the emotion of awe, which
       subdues us before the presence of some invisible
       power. An accident may be frightful; the approach of
       death is dreadful to most men; the convulsions of the
       earthquake are awful.

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