Frightful

Frightful
Frightful Fright"ful, a. 1. Full of fright; affrighted; frightened. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

See how the frightful herds run from the wood. --W. Browne. [1913 Webster]

2. Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or tempest; a frightful appearance.

Syn: Terrible; dreadful; alarming; fearful; terrific; awful; horrid; horrible; shocking.

Usage: {Frightful}, {Dreadful}, {Awful}. These words all express fear. In frightful, it is a sudden emotion; in dreadful, it is deeper and more prolonged; in awful, the fear is mingled with the emotion of awe, which subdues us before the presence of some invisible power. An accident may be frightful; the approach of death is dreadful to most men; the convulsions of the earthquake are awful. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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