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Synonyms for frightful
ˈfraɪt fəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. atrocious, frightful, horrifying, horrible, ugly(adj)

    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, tremendous(adj)

    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, frightful(adj)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. frightful(adjective)

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

  2. frightful(adjective)

    : Full of fright; affrighted; frightened.

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

  3. frightful(adjective)

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. frightful(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. frightful(a)

    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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#23144alarming
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#45237unspeakable
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How to use frightful in a sentence?

  1. Hannah More:

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

  2. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

    There is nothing more frightful than imagination without taste.

  3. H.P. Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu":

    The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Oh how smoothly, how swiftly and horribly, how cruelly and thoroughly, one discovers the powers and prowess of Maya, the Supreme power of Illusions! With a simple sleight of her hand, léger de main, everything changes in a moment; electrically charged, awesome and exciting years of life shrink to moments - just to realize that all that fascinating reality had been a dream. Perhaps all that had happened previously had been a continuous sequence of beautiful images that one would admire and fall in love with, and to realize that it’s all the game of dreams, illusions and Maya. The reality also strikes, at the same moment, that everything one would still experience in the future, would see with one’s eyes and feel with one’s hands, up to the moment of one’s death — that everything is not going to be any different in substance, or any different in kind. Why would it be? It’s always all a game, all foam and all dreams. It’s Maya, the whole lovely and frightful, delicious and desperate kaleidoscope of life with its searing delights, intertwined with its searing sorrows, the amazing show that has been ongoing since the dawn of Universe.

  5. Lujan Grisham:

    The spread of this virus in McKinley County is frightful, and it shows that physical distancing has not occurred and is not occurring. The virus is running amok there. It must be stopped, and stricter measures are necessary.


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