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noun, plural penny dreadfuls.Chiefly British.
a cheap, sensational novel of adventure, crime, or violence; dime novel.
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Origin of penny dreadful

First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for penny dreadful

penny-dreadful

noun plural -fuls
British informal a cheap, often lurid or sensational book or magazine
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