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

 fright·ful /ˈfraɪtfəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fright·ful a.
 1. Full of fright; affrighted; frightened. [Obs.]
    See how the frightful herds run from the wood.   --W. Browne.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: provoking horror; "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a
             frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even
             horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words
             horrible"- Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound" [syn: atrocious,
              horrifying, horrible, ugly]
      2: extreme in degree; "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a
         frightful amount of money"
      3: extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions"; "a
         frightful mistake"; "suffered terrible thirst" [syn: fearful,