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  1. in a dreadful way: The pain has increased dreadfully.
  2. very; extremely: Sorry to be so dreadfully late.
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Origin of dreadfully

1275–1325; Middle English. See dreadful, -ly
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Related Words for dreadfully

terribly, disturbingly, horribly, shockingly, profoundly, exceptionally, dismally, badly, fearfully, appallingly, tragically, deeply, eminently, extremely, greatly, highly, notably, totally

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Historical Examples of dreadfully

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for dreadfully


  1. in a shocking, or disagreeable manner
  2. (intensifier)you're dreadfully kind
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