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[dred-fuh-lee] /ˈdrɛd fə li/
in a dreadful way:
The pain has increased dreadfully.
very; extremely:
Sorry to be so dreadfully late.
Origin of dreadfully
1275-1325; Middle English. See dreadful, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I am aware how dreadfully angry it will make mamma, but I remember the risk.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • 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 Anonymous
  • Then her stomach began to swell and she suffered, oh, so dreadfully!

  • How dreadfully unkind in a brother nothing has ever turned my love away from!

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • The lash stung me dreadfully, but I was able to smile in his face notwithstanding.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for dreadfully


in a shocking, or disagreeable manner
(intensifier): you're dreadfully kind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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