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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Frightful \Fright"ful\, adjective

1. Full of fright; affrighted; frightened. [Obs.]

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

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

frightful

adjective

1: 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" [syn: {atrocious}, {frightful}, {horrifying}, {horrible}, {ugly}]

2: extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact; "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money" [syn: {frightful}, {terrible}, {awful}, {tremendous}]

3: extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake" [syn: {fearful}, {frightful}]


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