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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.

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

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

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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