frightful frightful  /f ˈraɪt fəl/


  1. (adj) provoking horror
  2. (adj) extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
  3. (adj) extremely distressing


  1. The weather outside is frightful, but video games are delightful.
  2. The organizers asked Sieber if he might get back to them with less frightful scenarios threats better scaled to the Games they intended to stage.
  3. Be careful of strangers and hurry home, says a mother to her daughter, knowing that the world is a frightful place but not wishing to swaddle a child in fear.


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  1. "This is an opportunity for people to say, let's at least reflect on the record that something terrible has happened here," said Feingold, D-Wis. "This administration has weakened America in a way that is frightful."
    on Jul 22, 2007 By: Russ Feingold Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription)

  2. Spears said she did it because of a "horrifying, frightful encounter with the paparazzi."
    on Feb 8, 2006 By: Britney Spears Source: FOXNews

  3. Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle called the killings at the height of the country's 1980-92 civil war "a frightful crime," but said he was sure that former President Alfredo Cristiani was not involved.
    on Nov 16, 2008 By: Fernando Saenz Lacalle Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

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