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fright·ful

 (frīt′fəl)
adj.
1. Causing disgust or shock; horrifying.
2. Causing fright; terrifying.
3. Informal
a. Excessive; extreme: a frightful liar.
b. Disagreeable; distressing: frightful weather.

fright′ful·ly adv.
fright′ful·ness n.

frightful

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

fright•ful

(ˈfraɪt fəl)

adj.
1. such as to cause fright; dreadful, terrible, or alarming: a frightful explosion.
2. horrible, shocking, or revolting: The storm did frightful damage.
3. unpleasant; disagreeable: We had a frightful time.
4. very great; extreme: That actor is a frightful ham.
[1200–50]
fright′ful•ly, adv.
fright′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.frightful - provoking horrorfrightful - 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"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
2.frightful - extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact; "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
extraordinary - beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature"
3.frightful - extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake"
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"

frightful

adjective
2. dreadful, great, terrible, extreme, awful, annoying, unpleasant, disagreeable, insufferable He got himself into a frightful muddle.
dreadful slight, moderate, pleasant

frightful

adjective
Translations
فَظيع، دَميم، قَبيحمُفْزِع، مُريع، مُرْعِب
hroznýstrašný
forfærdeligfrygtelig
ákaflega mikillógnvekjandi
strašen

frightful

[ˈfraɪtfʊl] ADJ (= terrible) [tragedy, experience, shame] → horroroso; (= awful) [noise, weather] → espantoso

frightful

[ˈfraɪtfʊl] adjaffreux/euse

frightful

adj (inf)schrecklich, furchtbar; to look frightfulzum Fürchten aussehen

frightful

[ˈfraɪtfʊl] adjterribile, spaventoso/a, orribile

fright

(frait) noun
1. a sudden fear. the noise gave me a terrible fright.
2. a person who looks ridiculous. She looks a fright in those clothes.
stage frightstageˈfrighten verb
to make (someone) afraid. She was frightened by a large dog.
ˈfrightened adjective
ˈfrightful adjective
1. terrible or frightening. I had a frightful experience.
2. very bad. He is a frightful liar.
ˈfrightening adjective
ˈfrightfully adverb
very. He's frightfully clever.
take fright
to become frightened usually suddenly and quickly. She took fright and ran away.
References in classic literature ?
He thought that he would have been willing to go through the frightful experience a thousand times to be sure of finding at the end of the long black road a thing so lovely as his mother had suddenly become.
Among the savages a frightful stillness succeeded the explosion, which had just been heard bursting from the bowels of the rock.
Nevertheless, after a moment's pause, they deliberately turned again, and, facing each other with frightful calmness, left the room by purposeless and deliberate exits other than those they had contemplated--a crushing abnegation of self, that, to some extent, relieved their surcharged feelings.
There is no frightful guest in the house, but only a poor, gentle, childlike man, whom I believe to be Cousin Hepzibah's brother.
The town did not awake; or, if it did, the drowsy slumberers mistook the cry either for something frightful in a dream, or for the noise of witches, whose voices, at that period, were often heard to pass over the settlements or lonely cottages, as they rode with Satan through the air.
Meantime, overseeing the other part of the ship, Captain Peleg ripped and swore astern in the most frightful manner.
At last his spout grew thick, and with a frightful roll and vomit, he turned upon his back a corpse.
I thought it very dreadful, but the cows went on eating very quietly, and hardly raised their heads as the black frightful thing came puffing and grinding past.
Those frightful bills--how they had haunted her, each item gnawing at her soul all day and spoiling her rest at night.
We have ourselves heard this feeling expressed by them, and seen the unaffected horror with which they will sit in their gossipping hours, and tell frightful stories of that "down river," which to them is
Poor devils, many of them were maimed, hacked, carved, in a frightful way; and their hair, their faces, their clothing, were caked with black and stiffened drenchings of blood.
He would cry for nothing; he would burst into storms of devilish temper without notice, and let go scream after scream and squall after squall, then climax the thing with "holding his breath"-- that frightful specialty of the teething nursling, in the throes of which the creature exhausts its lungs, then is convulsed with noiseless squirmings and twistings and kickings in the effort to get its breath, while the lips turn blue and the mouth stands wide and rigid, offering for inspection one wee tooth set in the lower rim of a hoop of red gums; and when the appalling stillness has endured until one is sure the lost breath will never return, a nurse comes flying, and dashes water in the child's face, and--presto