frightful

  • 1 Frightful — Fright ful, a. 1. Full of fright; affrighted; frightened. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] See how the frightful herds run from the wood. W. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a… …

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  • 2 frightful — [adj2] offensive annoying, awful, bad, calamitous, disagreeable, dreadful, extreme, ghastly, great, hideous, horrible, insufferable, lewd, shocking, terrible, terrific, unpleasant, vile, wicked, wrong; concepts 529,545 Ant. delightful, gentle,… …

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  • 3 frightful — [frīt′fəl] adj. 1. causing fright; terrifying; alarming 2. shocking; terrible 3. Informal a) unpleasant; annoying b) great [in a frightful hurry] frightfully adv. frightfulness n …

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  • 4 frightful — index deplorable, disastrous, formidable, insufferable, loathsome, ominous, portentous (ominous) …

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  • 5 frightful — (adj.) mid 13c., timid; c.1600 alarming; from FRIGHT (Cf. fright) + FUL (Cf. 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;… …

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  • 6 frightful — dreadful, *fearful, awful, terrible, terrific, horrible, horrific, shocking, appalling Analogous words: *ghastly, grisly, gruesome, macabre, grim, lurid: *sinister, baleful, malign …

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  • 7 frightful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) very unpleasant, serious, or shocking. 2) informal terrible; awful. DERIVATIVES frightfully adverb frightfulness noun …

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  • 8 frightful — [[t]fra͟ɪtfʊl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Frightful means very bad or unpleasant. [OLD FASHIONED] My father was unable to talk about the war, it was so frightful. Syn: terrible 2) ADJ: ADJ n (emphasis) Frightful is used to emphasize the extent or degree… …

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  • 9 frightful — frightfully, adv. frightfulness, n. /fruyt feuhl/, adj. 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;… …

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  • 10 frightful — fright•ful [[t]ˈfraɪt fəl[/t]] adj. 1) such as to cause fright; dreadful, terrible, or alarming: a frightful explosion[/ex] 2) horrible, shocking, or revolting: The storm did frightful damage[/ex] 3) inf unpleasant; disagreeable: We had a… …

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  • 11 frightful — adjective Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or tempest; a frightful appearance. We wasted a frightful amount of money on renovations. Syn: terrible, dreadful, alarming, fearful,… …

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  • 12 frightful — adjective Date: 1607 1. causing intense fear or alarm ; terrifying 2. startling especially in being bad or objectionable < a frightful novel > 3. extreme < frightful thirst > • frightfully adverb • frightfulness …

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  • 13 frightful — fright|ful [ˈfraıtfəl] adj old fashioned especially BrE 1.) unpleasant or bad = ↑awful, terrible ↑terrible ▪ There s been a frightful accident. 2.) used to emphasize how bad something is = ↑awful, terrible ↑terrible ▪ Her hair was a frightful… …

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  • 14 frightful — adjective 1 especially BrE unpleasant or bad: There s been a frightful accident on the motorway. 2 BrE old fashioned used to emphasize how bad something is: a frightful mess. frightfulness noun (U) …

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  • 15 frightful — /ˈfraɪtfəl / (say fruytfuhl) adjective 1. such as to cause fright; dreadful, terrible, or alarming. 2. horrible, shocking, or revolting. 3. unpleasant; disagreeable: we had a frightful time. 4. Colloquial (an intensifier): a frightful lot.… …

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  • 16 frightful — adj. Frightful is used with these nouns: ↑racket …

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  • 17 frightful — adjective 1》 very unpleasant, serious, or shocking. 2》 informal terrible; awful: her hair was a frightful mess. Derivatives frightfully adverb frightfulness noun …

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  • 18 frightful — adjective the house was in a frightful mess Syn: horrible, horrific, ghastly, horrendous, serious, awful, dreadful, terrible, nasty, grim, dire, unspeakable; alarming, shocking, terrifying, harrowing, appalling, fearful; …

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  • 19 frightful — [ˈfraɪtf(ə)l] adj informal old fashioned extremely serious or unpleasant a frightful headache[/ex] …

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  • 20 frightful — adj. 1 a dreadful, shocking, revolting. b ugly, hideous. 2 colloq. extremely bad (a frightful idea). 3 colloq. very great, extreme. Derivatives: frightfully adv …

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