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frightful - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'frightful' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Frightful [ a.]
- Full of fright; affrighted; frightened.
- Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or tempest; a frightful appearance.

Meaning of 'frightful' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . frightful [ s]
Meaning (1):
- provoking horror
Example in sentence:
  • a frightful crime of decapitation;
  • an alarming, even horrifying, picture;
  • an atrocious automobile accident;
  • an ugly wound;
  • war is beyond all words horrible
Meaning (2):
- extremely distressing
Example in sentence:
  • a frightful mistake;
  • fearful slum conditions
Meaning (3):
- extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
Example in sentence:
  • in a frightful hurry;
  • spent a frightful amount of money