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Definition of 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

After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion.
Albert Camus

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

The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.
Arthur Conan Doyle

Once you begin being naughty, it is easier to go and on and on, and sooner or later something dreadful happens.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
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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
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