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Synonyms for frightful
ˈfraɪt fəlfright·ful

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  1. frightfuladjective

    Synonyms:
    alarming, shocking, horrible, dreadful, fearful, terrible, terrific, horrid, awful

  2. frightfuladjective

    : Full of fright; affrighted; frightened.

    Synonyms:
    fearful, shocking, dreadful, alarming, terrible, terrific, horrid, awful, horrible

  3. frightfuladjective

    Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or tempest; a frightful appearance.

    Synonyms:
    horrible, dreadful, terrific, horrid, fearful, shocking, terrible, alarming, awful

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. frightful

    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, dreadful, fearful, 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. frightful

    Synonyms:
    terrible, horrible, alarming, ugly, hideous, monstrous, dreadful, direful, awful, shocking, horrid, terrific

    Antonyms:
    pleasing, attractive, beautiful, fair, encouraging, lovely

Princeton's WordNet

  1. atrocious, frightful, horrifying, horrible, uglyadjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    flagitious, unworthy, wretched, terrible, monstrous, fearful, horrible, worthless, tremendous, abominable, unspeakable, awful, grievous, atrocious, slimy, ugly, dreadful, horrifying, vile, despicable, painful, surly

    Antonyms:
    good, unalarming, ordinary

  2. frightful, terrible, awful, tremendousadjective

    extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact

    "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money"

    Synonyms:
    dreadful, enormous, marvelous, wondrous, rattling(a), awful, amazing, horrendous, severe, tremendous, dreaded, dire, wonderful, grand, marvellous, atrocious, painful, horrifying, awing, awed, wicked, horrific, dread(a), awe-inspiring, unspeakable, fearful, nasty, terrible, horrible, abominable, fantastic, frightening, terrific, awesome, fearsome, howling(a), direful, ugly

    Antonyms:
    good, ordinary, unalarming

  3. fearful, frightfuladjective

    extremely distressing

    "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake"

    Synonyms:
    dread(a), fearsome, timorous, terrible, horrific, dreaded, fearful, horrible, tremendous, frightening, horrendous, awful, cowardly, horrifying, atrocious, ugly, dreadful, direful, dire, trepid

    Antonyms:
    unalarming, good, ordinary

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. frightfuladjective

    Synonyms:
    terrible, terrific, GREWSOME, fearful, alarming, dreadful, direful, dire, horrid, horrible, awful, shocking

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. frightfuladjective

    Synonyms:
    terrible, dreadful, hideous, ogreish, fearful, alarming, grewsome, grim, dire, direful, awful, gorgonian, horrible

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "frightful":

    scary, frightening, terrible, appalling, curse

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#22989fearful
#23144alarming
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#38945unworthy
#39885horrifying
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#45237unspeakable
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How to use frightful in a sentence?

  1. Thomas Jefferson:

    We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds... [we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers... And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for [another ]... till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery... And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.

  2. Boileau:

    Gold gives the appearance of beauty even to ugliness; but everything becomes frightful with poverty.

  3. Hannah More:

    Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

  4. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

    There is nothing more frightful than imagination without taste.

  5. Johann von Goethe:

    There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.


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