Definitions for: Frightful

[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"
[adj] extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake"; "suffered terrible thirst"
[adj] (informal) extreme in degree; "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money"

Webster (1913) Definition: Fright"ful, a.
1. Full of fright; affrighted; frightened. [Obs.]

See how the frightful herds run from the wood. --W.

2. Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm;
impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or
tempest; a frightful appearance.

Syn: Terrible; dreadful; alarming; fearful; terrific; awful;
horrid; horrible; shocking.

Usage: Frightful, Dreadful, Awful. These words all
express fear. In frightful, it is a sudden emotion; in
dreadful, it is deeper and more prolonged; in awful,
the fear is mingled with the emotion of awe, which
subdues us before the presence of some invisible
power. An accident may be frightful; the approach of
death is dreadful to most men; the convulsions of the
earthquake are awful.

Synonyms: alarming, atrocious, bad, extraordinary, fearful, horrible, horrifying, terrible, ugly

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