1. Full of dread or terror; fearful. 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. God's dreadful law.

Synonym: fearful, frightful, terrific, terrible, horrible, horrid, formidable, tremendous, awful, venerable. See frightful.

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