dreadful dreadful  /d ˈrɛd fəl/


  1. (adj) causing fear or dread or terror
  2. (adj) exceptionally bad or displeasing
  3. (adj) very unpleasant


  1. From the dreadful Octopussy, this love ballad presses all the wrong buttons.
  2. He'll probably get off, but I've come to believe that a public excoriation of this dreadful man is a necessary cathartic.
  3. Yet the mind, squinting at the horror now that the tide of blood had washed back, naturally cast the evidence in the familiar and dreadful form of The Trial.


  1. Juan Antonio Bayona to direct Showtime's 'Penny Dreadful'

    LOS ANGELES, June 19 (UPI) -- Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona is to helm the first two installments in the eight-episode drama series "Penny Dreadful," Showtime announced.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: UPI

  2. 'The Impossible' Director Juan Antonio Bayona to Direct Showtime's 'Penny Dreadful'

    By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Juan Antonio Bayona, director of "The Orphanage" and "The Impossible," has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of "Penny Dreadful," the Sam Mendes-produced drama series coming to Showtime. The eight-episode series, which re-teams Mendes with "Skyfall" writer John Logan - who created, wrote and is executive producing the series - is billed as ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. 'The Impossible' Filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona Will Direct the First Two Episodes of Showtime's 'Penny Dreadful'

    "Penny Dreadful," Showtime's upcoming "psychosexual horror series" executive produced by Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") has snagged an impressive director for its first two episodes. Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona ("The Impossible") will helm the first two of the eight installments in the season, which will begin shooting in London in the fall.Created, written and executive produced by ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: indieWIRE


  1. He told a packed chamber: "It was a dreadful day but it is also a day that will remain, I believe, a symbol of the enduring bravery of the British people."
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: David Cameron Source: The Sun

  2. "Across the world, widows suffer dreadful discrimination and abuse," Blair said. "In too many cases they're pushed to the very margins of society, trapped in poverty and left vulnerable to abuse and exploitation."
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Cherie Blair Source: The Associated Press

  3. "The ball is dreadful. It's horrible, but it's horrible for everyone," said James. "There will undoubtedly be goals scored in this tournament which in previous tournaments with different balls wouldn't have been scored. It will allow extra...
    on Jun 14, 2010 By: David James Source: BBC Sport

Word of the Day
engender engender
/ɛn ˈdʒɛn dər /