Adjective "dreadful" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Causing or involving great suffering, fear, or unhappiness; extremely bad or serious.
  1. 'They were onto the danger of losing her to the streets or to some dreadful accident.'
  2. 'How do you reconcile the dreadful suffering and loss of life caused by the tsunami in South East Asia with the idea of a loving God?'
  3. '‘Nevertheless it was a serious attack, with dreadful injuries and that of course is something he regrets immensely,’ she said.'
  4. 'At first the family thought the fire must have been some dreadful accident.'
  5. 'At worst, it could have led to a dreadful accident in which not only animals, but also people could have been killed.'
  6. 'The dreadful suffering endured by those addicted to the drugs, the ruin of lives which should be useful, do not constitute the whole of the evil, for the ills spread to their families.'
  7. 'As a youngster I had a dreadful fear of ghost stories and things that go bump in the night.'
  8. 'Is this a blessing for her or a dreadful accident of history?'
  9. 'It looked like a dreadful accident had happened.'
  10. 'He does not control the source of the danger, but he has control of the means to avert a dreadful accident.'
  11. 'the weather was dreadful'
  12. 'I admit he has dreadful teeth, is skinny as hell and well fulfills the term ‘geek’ with his straggly hair.'
  13. 'The sound quality is disgraceful, the image blurry and the editing dreadful.'
  14. 'It didn't become a follow-up type record where you just start writing about having a good time on the road or that kind of dreadful watered-down rubbish.'
  15. 'Every now and then, a film comes along that is so remarkably bad, so insanely dreadful, so utterly rotten that it actually makes you appreciate it.'
  16. 'Watsonians should have notched up three tries in the first five minutes thanks to poor cover, dreadful kicking and incompetence from the visitors.'
  17. 'It was a sunny day this morning until those dreadful clouds came and that poor sun did not shine no more.'
  18. 'I won't tell what horrors I have heard, what frightful music, what dreadful performances and insipid music making.'
  19. 'But I have to say, I did fast forward through that dreadful speech by the odious brother and through the drippy prayers from the drippy archbish.'
  20. 'Then why are they feeding them rotten, frightening, dreadful food for their minds and souls?'
  21. 'The defensive-zone coverage is awful, and the power play is dreadful.'
  22. 'she looked quite dreadful and she was struggling for breath'
  23. 'I've got a terrible codeine hangover and I feel dreadful.'
Used to emphasize the degree to which something is the case, especially something regarded with sadness or disapproval.
  1. 'you're a dreadful flirt'
  2. 'It has been widely denounced as a dreadful, expensive mistake, the very nadir of reality television… all of which is true, but what's your point?'
  3. 'Several days into his holiday on the sun-kissed isle of Thassos, desperation for his favourite meal led him to make a dreadful mistake he won't forget in a hurry.'
  4. 'These people have been locked up with a load of hardcore criminals for who knows how long because someone made a dreadful mistake.'
  5. 'After returning from Ireland and trying to forget about my dreadful mistake I found another person to throw my unrequited passion at.'
  6. 'The win was more meritorious as at the final fence on the penultimate circuit the leader made a dreadful mistake and even Aaron didn't know how he remained in the saddle.'
  7. 'Paul Begley made a dreadful mistake for the first when he came out to a hopping ball and let it over his head to the waiting Mattie Forde and the Wexford ace just needs a half chance.'
  8. 'They're saying it was a group of rogue scientists making a dreadful mistake.'
  9. 'On the contrary, it would have seemed an admission that our spheres and years divided us and that we were making a dreadful mistake.'
  10. 'Man might think that he's the most intelligent life form on earth but this is simply a dreadful mistake.'
  11. 'We headed towards the Manacles, and I began to suspect that I had made a dreadful mistake when I climbed back into the boat.'



1. causing great dread, fear, or terror; terrible: a dreadful storm.

2. inspiring awe or reverence.

3. extremely bad, unpleasant, or ugly: dreadful cooking; a dreadful hat. noun, British.

4. penny dreadful.

5. a periodical given to highly sensational matter.

More examples(as adjective)

"weeks can be dreadful for parties."

"visions can be dreadful in itselfs."

"people can be dreadful at pastimes."

"people can be dreadful at organisations."

"husbands can be dreadful with names."

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