Dread"ful (?), a.

1.

Full of dread or terror; fearful.

[Obs.] "With dreadful heart."

Chaucer.

2.

Inspiring dread; impressing great fear; fearful; terrible; as, a dreadful storm.

" Dreadful gloom."

Milton.

For all things are less dreadful than they seem. Wordsworth.

3.

Inspiring awe or reverence; awful.

[Obs.] "God's dreadful law."

Shak.

Syn. -- Fearful; frightful; terrific; terrible; horrible; horrid; formidable; tremendous; awful; venerable. See Frightful.

 

© Webster 1913.

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