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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dread·ful /ˈdrɛdfəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dread·ful a.
 1. Full of dread or terror; fearful. [Obs.] “With dreadful heart.”
 2. Inspiring dread; impressing great fear; fearful; terrible; as, a dreadful storm. Dreadful gloom.”
    For all things are less dreadful than they seem.   --Wordsworth.
 3. Inspiring awe or reverence; awful. [Obs.] “God's dreadful law.”
 Syn: -- Fearful; frightful; terrific; terrible; horrible; horrid; formidable; tremendous; awful; venerable. See Frightful.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful
             risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful
             that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the
             headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease
             it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling";
             "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible
             curse" [syn: awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded,
              fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific,
      2: exceptionally bad or displeasing; "atrocious taste";
         "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful
         manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting";
         "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room" [syn: atrocious,
          abominable, awful, painful, terrible, unspeakable]
      3: very unpleasant