Definition of 'dreadful'
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Doctors can feel a dreadful sense of personal failure and inadequacy if they struggle to keep working. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The Exiles battled hard on a dreadful pitch that looked more like a beach. The Sun (2016)This may be good news for elk and bison, but it is dreadful news for wolves and foxes. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The flavour is dreadful but they look tremendous. SHOPPED: The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets (2004)You feel dreadful and you think there should be a reason. Times, Sunday Times (2007)While the nursery was empty something dreadful happened. Little Men (1871)To be faced with this in such a short time is truly dreadful. The Sun (2010)It has really shaken us all up to hear this dreadful news. The Sun (2010)It must be dreadful for them as well. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Her hair looks dreadful and she has really let things go. The Sun (2014)We all felt absolutely dreadful for him. The Sun (2009)We can feel dreadful for them without providing commentary at the horrible spectacle of it all. The Sun (2014) Something dreadful clearly happened but it is unclear what. The Sun (2006)Now a dreadful time to turn their remains over to a sealed vault. Christianity Today (2000)Dawn receives some dreadful news on her big day. The Sun (2008)It is absolutely dreadful that they are reducing spending on this scheme. Times, Sunday Times (2008)She says people talked about it something dreadful. Anne of Green Gables (1872)But the radio also brought dreadful news. Times, Sunday Times (2007)What a dreadful waste of money. The Sun (2014)Tomorrow's projections should be bad but not dreadful. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It would be a betrayal of my feelings for it - and a dreadful waste of money. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Poor lamb, it must be a dreadful chore. The Sun (2012)Now he's losing sleep and looks really dreadful. The Sun (2008)It seems such a dreadful, senseless waste. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Being pregnant at 19 must have been dreadful for her. The Sun (2013)
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Translations for 'dreadful'
British English: dreadful /ˈdrɛdfʊl/ ADJECTIVE
If you say that something is dreadful, you mean that it is very unpleasant or very poor in quality.
They told us the dreadful news.
- American English: dreadful
- Arabic: مُرَوِّع
- Brazilian Portuguese: terrível
- Chinese: 可怕的
- Croatian: grozan
- Czech: příšerný
- Danish: skrækkelig
- Dutch: afschuwelijk
- European Spanish: espantoso
- Finnish: kauhea
- French: abominable
- German: fürchterlich
- Greek: απαίσιος
- Italian: terribile
- Japanese: 恐ろしい
- Korean: 몹시 싫은
- Norwegian: skrekkelig
- Polish: straszny
- European Portuguese: terrível
- Romanian: cumplit
- Russian: ужасный
- Spanish: espantoso
- Swedish: förskräcklig
- Thai: น่าสะพรึงกลัว
- Turkish: korkunç
- Ukrainian: жахливий
- Vietnamese: tồi tệ
Definition of dreadful from the Collins English Dictionary
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