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Synonyms for dreadful
ˈdrɛd fəl

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    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, unspeakable(adj)

    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. dreadful(adj)

    very unpleasant

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

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, unalarming, good

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. dreadful(a.)

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

  2. dreadful(a.)

    Synonyms:
    venerable, awful

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. dreadful(a)

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

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How to use dreadful in a sentence?

  1. 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.

  2. Timothy Flanigan:

    Ebola causes such intense fear because it is such a dreadful virus, i developed great admiration for the nurses and staff in the clinics that stayed open despite the fear.

  3. Samuel Johnson:

    Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

  4. Sophocles, Antigone:

    How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong!

  5. Simon Cowell:

    I'd accept an honour but I don't think I'm likely to get one. The Queen once described me as a dreadful man


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