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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FRIGHTFUL

All her thought was how to get him away from the frightful place.

It was rather a frightful place to go into in search of the source of a shriek.

There was a frightful grin of triumph twisting his mouth in this minute of punishment.

Down almost to our own day the depredations of wolves were frightful.

For about five minutes it was the most frightful scene I have ever witnessed.

This was a very odd and frightful sort of figure, as you may well believe.

And if I obeyed, to what delightful discoveries or frightful dangers might it lead?

The girl, too, saw the frightful creatures that surrounded the man upon the deck.

He practices a frightful dance, and remarks at intervals, "Jewhillikins."

It must be the frightful rain which has silenced the boy so!

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "timid;" c.1600 "alarming;" from fright + -ful. In common with most -ful adjectives, it once had both an active and passive sense. Meaning "dreadful, horrible, shocking" (often hyperbolic) is attested from c.1700; Johnson noted it as "a cant word among women for anything unpleasing." Related: Frightfully.

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