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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DREADFUL

"I hear they do have dreadful times with help in New York," said Mrs. Bines.

Oh, Colonel, help me to guard against so dreadful a calamity.

It was a dreadful conviction that was forced upon me, and as wonderful as terrible.

My dear, I'm glad and thankful you've done with that dreadful, dangerous game.

Our father is so good, and it is dreadful to me that Corney won't mind him!

"That was a case of this dreadful dishonesty," said Mrs. Porter, speaking hastily.

I cannot reflect upon this dreadful scene, but sorrow fills my heart.

This was a dreadful state of affairs indeed, and one which admits of no palliation.

Do you assist me, comfort me, sustain me in dreadful situation?

And, indeed, it was a dreadful sight for him who was hardly more than a child.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "full of dread," from dread (n.) + -ful. Meaning "causing dread" is from mid-13c.; weakened sense of "very bad" is from c.1700. Related: Dreadfully.

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