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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.
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frightful

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

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

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

frightful

[ˈfraɪtfʊl] ADJ (= terrible) [tragedy, experience, shame] → horroroso; (= awful) [noise, weather] → espantoso
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

frightful

[ˈfraɪtfʊl] adjaffreux/euse
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frightful

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

[ˈfraɪtfʊl] adjterribile, spaventoso/a, orribile
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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By the light which escaped from it, the prisoner beheld, all about the room, frightful instruments whose use she did not understand.
At the barrier the Sagoths clambered up the steep side with truly apelike agility, while behind them the haughty queen rose upon her wings with her two frightful dragons close beside her, and settled down upon the largest bowlder of them all in the exact center of that side of the amphitheater which is reserved for the dominant race.
The spectacle which the Greve now presented was a frightful one.
As they became accustomed to the light the man turned his eyes toward the door--his one thought now was of escape from this frightful tomb--and as he did so he saw the body of the naked giant lying stretched upon the floor just within the doorway.
Do it von Horn, and not only is my daughter yours but my wealth as well--every thing that I possess shall be yours if you will but save her from those frightful creatures."
The warriors were still some little distance away, advancing slowly, making, after the manner of their kind, a frightful din with their savage yells and the pounding of their naked feet upon the ground as they leaped up and down in a fantastic war dance.
Always were they menaced by some frightful thing and seldom were their rifles cool, yet even in the brief time they had dwelt upon Caprona they had become callous to danger, so that they swung along laughing and chatting like soldiers on a summer hike.
For a moment he looked down upon the upturned, frightful face of the woman.
And does he still follow under the ocean those frightful retaliations?
Adam saw a medley of green and red lights blaze in a whirling circle, and as it sank down into the well, a pair of blazing green eyes became fixed, sank lower and lower with frightful rapidity, and disappeared, throwing upward the green light which grew more and more vivid every moment.
And he had only one wish- that the frightful thing that had to happen should happen quickly.
In the evening Lys and I went up into one of the bastion towers and listened to the grim and terrible nightlife of the frightful ages of the past.