dreadful Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “dreadful” in the English Dictionary

"dreadful" in British English

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dreadfuladjective

uk   us   /ˈdred.fəl/ mainly UK
B2 very ​bad, of very ​lowquality, 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 ​newsreport was so dreadful that I just had to ​switch it off.
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(Definition of dreadful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dreadful" in American English

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dreadfuladjective

 us   /ˈdred·fəl/
very ​bad: I ​realized I had ​committed a dreadful ​mistake.
dreadfully
adverb  us   /ˈdred·fə·li/
(Definition of dreadful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dreadful”
in Arabic مُرَوِّع…
in Korean 끔찍한…
in Portuguese medonho, horrível, pavoroso…
in Catalan espantós…
in Japanese ひどい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 可怕的, 糟糕的, 惊人的…
in Turkish berbat, korkunç, müthiş…
in Russian ужасный, страшный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 可怕的, 糟糕的, 驚人的…
in Italian tremendo…
in Polish okropny, straszny…
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