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frightful

fright·ful

frightful

pronunciation:
fraIt fl
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: terrible or frightening.
Her husband has a frightful temper.Out of the lake came a frightful monster.
similar words:
dire, dread, dreadful, ghastly, gruesome, horrendous, macabre
definition 2: shocking or awful.
The surgeon had once made the frightful mistake of operating on the wrong leg.There has been a frightful rise in the price of heating oil.
similar words:
appalling, ghastly, gruesome, horrendous, horrible, lurid, monstrous
derivations: frightfully (adv.), frightfulness (n.)