1. Full of dread or terror; fearful. "With dreadful heart."

2. Inspiring dread; impressing great fear; fearful; terrible; as, a dreadful storm. " Dreadful gloom." "For all things are less dreadful than they seem." (Wordsworth)

3. Inspiring awe or reverence; awful. "God's dreadful law."

Synonyms: Fearful, frightful, terrific, terrible, horrible, horrid, formidable, tremendous, awful, venerable. See Frightful.

(01 Mar 1998)

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