Meaning of “dreadful” in the English Dictionary

"dreadful" in British English

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dreadfuladjective

uk /ˈdred.fəl/ us /ˈdred.fəl/ mainly UK

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.

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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)

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