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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

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. Polybius:

    There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man.

  2. Tom Ballantyne:

    British Airways once stripped one of their Concordes back to bare bones after years of service and found British Airways was in perfect condition with no wear and tear at all, given British Airways gets proper restoration there shouldn't be any issue getting it passed by the regulators. While the plane did have that dreadful crash with Air France that's not why it was taken out of service.

  3. Judith Flanders:

    The names of the pubs stank. The names of the pubs were dreadful, (They) sounded like cheap 1990s wine bars. We really worked on the names of the pubs (from a published list of names from the 1850s).

  4. Thomas Groome:

    Even the bishops themselves recognize they have lost their credibility in monitoring this dreadful crisis, without strong oversight by competent lay people, it wont be seen as credible.

  5. Elizabeth Bowen:

    It is in this unearthly first hour of spring twilight that earth's almost agonized livingness is most felt. This hour is so dreadful to some people that they hurry indoors and turn on the lights.

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