- in a dreadful way: The pain has increased dreadfully.
- very; extremely: Sorry to be so dreadfully late.
Origin of dreadfully
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Examples from the Web for dreadfully
We did the scene at the beginning of the film and we were dreadfully embarrassed.How Hollywood’s Most Realistic Sex Scenes Were Made: ‘Don’t Look Now’ to ‘Nymphomaniac’
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Still, an 11-month campaign is dreadfully long, and the unforeseen could always happen.How Rob Ford Could Win Reelection
January 3, 2014
A team that was already depressed over its dreadfully dismal season now must mourn the loss of its very popular owner.What Happens to Los Angeles Lakers After Death of Jerry Buss?
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In my waking nightmare, Mickey Rourke is about to receive an Oscar for his dreadfully overrated performance in The Wrestler.Don't Give It to Mickey!
February 21, 2009
I am aware how dreadfully angry it will make mamma, but I remember the risk.Lady Susan
As for the lady, he assured us "she took on dreadfully about it."Yankee Gypsies
John Greenleaf Whittier
It was dreadfully unromantic, but Minnie did not fall into a decline.The Hunted Outlaw
Then her stomach began to swell and she suffered, oh, so dreadfully!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
How dreadfully unkind in a brother nothing has ever turned my love away from!A Tale of Two Cities
- in a shocking, or disagreeable manner
- (intensifier)you're dreadfully kind
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