All these frightful trends are already emerging—and they will accelerate every day that the diplomatic wrangling continues.
Today, it's worlds away from the cruel and frightful bigotry of that time.
When the weather outside is frightful, board a plane and head to Florida.
In addition to his hideous appearance, he gave the most frightful shrieks as he dashed through the crowd.
Clif stared at the frightful apparition as if he had seen a ghost.
A cloud spread over the skies with frightful rapidity and intercepted the setting sunbeams.
Convents were often seats of frightful epidemics of hysteria.
It was a frightful monster, with a long body and vast wings like those a bat.
The lust of blood is a frightful demon when once it is aroused.
The moment was as horrible as that in which the bear had bawled his frightful rage.
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.