dreadful

Something that's terribly bad is dreadful. Some people love going to the opera, but for others there's no more dreadful way to spend three hours.

Dreadful means "full of dread," "feeling a sense of dread," or "causing dread." Dread means fear or anxiety. The adjective dreadful can describe something truly devastating, like the dreadful aftermath of a tornado, or something that's awful on a more personal level, like a dreadful blind date. If it's bad, fearsome, or unpleasant, you can call it dreadful.

Definitions of dreadful
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adj exceptionally bad or displeasing

dreadful manners”
Synonyms:
abominable, abysmal, atrocious, awful, painful, terrible, unspeakable
bad
having undesirable or negative qualities

adj very unpleasant

Synonyms:
unpleasant
disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings

adj causing fear or dread or terror

“a dreadful storm”
Synonyms:
awful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible
alarming
frightening because of an awareness of danger

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