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Synonyms for dreadful
ˈdrɛd fəldread·ful

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. dreadful

    Awful should not be used of things which are merely disagreeable or annoying, nor of all that are alarming and terrible, but only of such as bring a solemn awe upon the soul, as in the presence of a superior power; as, the awful hush before the battle. That which is awful arouses an oppressive, that which is august an admiring reverence; we speak of the august presence of a mighty monarch, the awful presence of death. We speak of an exalted station, a grand mountain, an imposing presence, a majestic cathedral, a noble mien, a solemn litany, a stately march, an august assembly, the awful scene of the Judgment Day.

    Synonyms:
    alarming, appalling, august, awful, dire, direful, dread, fearful, frightful, grand, horrible, imposing, majestic, noble, portentous, shocking, solemn, stately, terrible, terrific

    Antonyms:
    base, beggarly, commonplace, contemptible, despicable, humble, inferior, lowly, mean, paltry, undignified, vulgar

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. dreadful

    Synonyms:
    fearful, shocking, monstrous, dire, terrible, frightful, terrific, horrible, alarming, awful

    Antonyms:
    encouraging, inspiriting, assuring, promising, hopeful

Princeton's WordNet

  1. awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terribleadjective

    causing fear or dread or terror

    "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, good, unalarming

  2. atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakableadjective

    exceptionally bad or displeasing

    "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"

    Synonyms:
    irritating, indescribable, indefinable, awful, sore, odious, unnameable, execrable, horrifying, frightful, amazing, horrendous, severe, tremendous, dreaded, dire, afflictive, flagitious, grievous, monstrous, atrocious, ineffable, painful, detestable, awing, awed, wicked, dread(a), awe-inspiring, unspeakable, horrific, nasty, terrible, horrible, abominable, frightening, unutterable, awesome, fearsome, fearful, direful, untellable, ugly

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, unalarming, good

  3. dreadfuladjective

    very unpleasant

    Synonyms:
    dread(a), fearful, abominable, painful, dire, terrible, horrendous, fearsome, horrific, unspeakable, dreaded, awful, atrocious, frightening, direful

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, unalarming, good

Editors Contribution

  1. hellified

    the accident was hellified. the outfit that girl was wearing was hellified. in urban lifestyle, it could mean it was good or bad, ( out of this world, sharp or offer). extreme.

    Submitted by EJPraise on January 29, 2022  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. dreadfuladjective

    Synonyms:
    terrible, horrible, horrid, direful, dire, fearful, frightful, terrific, awful, tremendous

  2. dreadfuladjective

    Synonyms:
    venerable, awful

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. dreadfuladjective

    Synonyms:
    fearful, terrible, formidable, awful, dread, dire, direful, frightful

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How to use dreadful in a sentence?

  1. William Blake:

    What seems to be, is, to those to whom it seems to be, and is productive of the most dreadful consequences to those to whom it seems to be, even of torments, despair, eternal death.

  2. Jane Austen:

    Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.

  3. Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan:

    It is too early to know the full extent of this dreadful accident. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the deceased and those who have been injured.

  4. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes in The Copper Beeches:

    It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.

  5. Matthias Rogg:

    And while the bombing of Dresden was dreadful, it's crucial that without Sept. 1 1939, without Warsaw, Rotterdam, Coventry, London there wouldn't have been Dresden.


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