frightfulness


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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frightfulness - the quality of being frightful
awfulness, dreadfulness, horridness, terribleness - a quality of extreme unpleasantness
ghastliness, grimness, gruesomeness, luridness - the quality of being ghastly
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Translations

frightfulness

[ˈfraɪtfʊlnɪs] Nhorror m
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

frightfulness

n (inf)Schrecklichkeit f, → Furchtbarkeit f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

frightfulness

[ˈfraɪtfʊlnɪs] n (of crime) → atrocità f inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
These people living at the very seat of the Great War knew nothing of it, though but two centuries had passed since, to our knowledge, it had been running in the height of its titanic frightfulness all about them, and to us upon the far side of the Atlantic still was a subject of keen interest.
The overturned and shattered furniture of the room, the brown pools of dried blood upon the floor, and prints of bloody hands on walls and woodwork evidenced something of the frightfulness of the battle that had been waged within the narrow confines of the apartment.
She told him of the penalty of breaking the taboo of the Red One--a week of torture, living, the details of which she yammered out from her face in the mire until he realized that he was yet a tyro in knowledge of the frightfulness the human was capable of wreaking on the human.
She could only stand there, away from the window, looking out at the sheets of water running down the panes and shivering with the frightfulness and savageness of it all.
I think we were all more or less shaken by the frightfulness of the tragedy--until Olson remarked that the balance of power now rested where it belonged.
No, I was not afraid to die; in fact, I prayed for death, that I might be relieved of the frightfulness of the interval of life which remained to me--the waiting, the awful waiting, for that fearsome beast to reach me and to strike.
It is an enormous day because of its frightfulness.
"When it became known that hundreds of innocent people had perished as the result of the German policy of frightfulness at sea, the indignation knew no bounds."
Who then shall judge finally the Germans by the frightfulness of war times and of the present revolution?
Not pleasant but the frightfulness of the gas banished any fastidiousness.