Origin of dreadful
Related formsdread·ful·ness, nounqua·si-dread·ful, adjectivequa·si-dread·ful·ly, adverb
Examples from the Web for dreadful
He looked, that dreadful afternoon, as if he had just come from his barber, tailor and haberdasher.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the novel, the moral situation Frances ends up in is dreadful.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance|Tim Teeman|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Any of the three on its own would have been dreadful enough.American Statesmanship Is Depressingly MIA on Border Kids, MH17 & Gaza|Michael Tomasky|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As a result, reporting and public expectations suffered a dreadful, anti-climatic slump.
The job market in philosophy went from awful to dreadful starting in 2008 and has never really recovered.
I learned later that he had implored the Superior on his knees not to lay this dreadful command upon him, but all in vain.The Monk and The Hangman's Daughter|Adolphe Danziger De Castro and Ambrose Bierce
I am sure, from that poor woman's dreadful death, that something terrible has occurred, perhaps to Lady Rookwood.Rookwood|William Harrison Ainsworth
I am glad at least that I have removed that dreadful woman out of your path, said Lady Frances.A Very Naughty Girl|L. T. Meade
It would no doubt be a dreadful risk, and before she went to sleep again she had almost decided to give up the plan altogether.Penelope and the Others|Amy Walton
Not for a moment did she appear to realize the dreadful mistake she had made.A Lover in Homespun|F. Clifford Smith