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English definition of “dreadful”

dreadful

adjective     /ˈdred.fəl/
B2 very bad, of very low quality, or shocking and very sad: The food was bad and the service was dreadful. I was beginning to think I'd made a dreadful mistake. The news report was so dreadful that I just had to switch it off.Not of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for badSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
(Definition of dreadful adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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