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Definition of Dreadful

Dreadful

  1. Full of dread or terror; fearful.
  2. Inspiring dread; impressing great fear; fearful; terrible; as, a dreadful storm.
  3. Inspiring awe or reverence; awful.

Dreadful Quotations

This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
Albert Camus

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

Sometimes, when I hear people without experience of addiction blame addicts for their behaviour, I feel like saying to them: 'You simply don't understand - how can a child be held responsible for doing such a dreadful thing to himself?' But then again, at other times I have to acknowledge: it was done wilfully.
Will Self

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
Samuel Johnson
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Dreadful Translations

dreadful in Dutch is ijselijk, schrikaanjagend
dreadful in French is terrible
dreadful in Italian is atroce
dreadful in Latin is horrendus
dreadful in Norwegian is fryktelig
dreadful in Spanish is espantoso, terrible