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1. Extremely bad, unpleasant, or distasteful: dreadful prose; this dreadful heat.
2. Inspiring dread; terrible: dreadful noises; a dreadful tragedy.

dread′ful·ness n.
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Noun1.dreadfulness - a quality of extreme unpleasantnessdreadfulness - a quality of extreme unpleasantness
unpleasantness - the quality of giving displeasure; "the recent unpleasantness of the weather"
frightfulness - the quality of being frightful
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(dred) noun
great fear. She lives in dread of her child being drowned in the canal; His voice was husky with dread.
to fear greatly. We were dreading his arrival.
ˈdreadful adjective
1. terrible. a dreadful accident.
2. very bad or annoying. What dreadful children!
ˈdreadfulness noun
ˈdreadfully adverb
extremely. dreadfully ill; dreadfully clever.
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References in classic literature ?
'And try,' said Miggs, hysterically, 'to kiss me, or some such dreadfulness; I know you will!'
"Huh!" sneered the terrible one, with such dreadfulness of menace as to cause Whiskers and Fatty involuntarily to close their hands down on their cave-man's weapons.
A conventional understanding was established in the risk research community that people tend to over- or underestimate risk, owing to qualitative framing in terms of parameters such as perceived control, voluntariness, understood dreadfulness of consequences, and benefits (Arvai and Rivers 2014).
Recently, however, the charade has scaled new heights of dreadfulness. A satirical scriptwriter would have seen the twists and turns of the Brexit saga as too implausible.
Why do we [the ultra-Orthodox], who don't have televisions for precisely these reasons, have to fund this dreadfulness? Instead of this money going to sick and needy children, hundreds of millions [of shekels] are diverted toward filth and division.
My own ambitions and the dreadfulness of our political world consume and distract me.
The dreadfulness of Orestes's crime causes the implosion of the myth itself as it cancels its expected ending: that is, the prince's recovery of the paternal throne.
The dreadfulness of this combination is often exacerbated by the irresponsibility of some parents who treat school as some kind of health centre and send children to school no matter what their state of health because it inconveniences them so much to stay at home with their offspring.
Anousha highlights the dreadfulness of it all by making the viewer see not just the visual horror of the situation, but also hear its unnerving auditory side.
While the focus has all along been on checking the atrocities against women, the frequency of sexual crimes perpetrated on children who are yet not old enough to grasp the reality of the situation continues to bewilder the nation floundered by the dreadfulness of the immoral acts.
'These two criminal attacks demonstrate the dreadfulness of the Takfiri terrorist ideology, through de-sanctifying a religious shrine and the headquarters of a legislative authority...