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Meaning of frightful

fright•ful

Pronunciation: (frīt'ful), [key]
— adj.
  1. such as to cause fright; dreadful, terrible, or alarming: A frightful howl woke us.
  2. horrible, shocking, or revolting: The storm did frightful damage.
  3. unpleasant; disagreeable: We had a frightful time.
  4. very great; extreme: That actor is very talented but a frightful ham.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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