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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (3)

1. provoking horror;
- Example: "an atrocious automobile accident"
- Example: "a frightful crime of decapitation"
- Example: "an alarming, even horrifying, picture"
- Example: "war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill
- Example: "an ugly wound"
[syn: atrocious, frightful, horrifying, horrible, ugly]

2. extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact;
- Example: "in a frightful hurry"
- Example: "spent a frightful amount of money"
[syn: frightful, terrible, awful, tremendous]

3. extremely distressing;
- Example: "fearful slum conditions"
- Example: "a frightful mistake"
[syn: fearful, frightful]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Frightful \Fright"ful\, a. 1. Full of fright; affrighted; frightened. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] See how the frightful herds run from the wood. --W. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or tempest; a frightful appearance. Syn: Terrible; dreadful; alarming; fearful; terrific; awful; horrid; horrible; shocking. Usage: Frightful, Dreadful, Awful. These words all express fear. In frightful, it is a sudden emotion; in dreadful, it is deeper and more prolonged; in awful, the fear is mingled with the emotion of awe, which subdues us before the presence of some invisible power. An accident may be frightful; the approach of death is dreadful to most men; the convulsions of the earthquake are awful. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

frightful adj 1: provoking horror; "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound" [syn: atrocious, frightful, horrifying, horrible, ugly] 2: extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact; "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money" [syn: frightful, terrible, awful, tremendous] 3: extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake" [syn: fearful, frightful]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

60 Moby Thesaurus words for "frightful": abhorrent, abominable, alarming, appalling, atrocious, awful, awing, chilling, daunting, deadly, deterrent, deterring, disagreeable, disconcerting, discouraging, disheartening, dismaying, disquieting, dreadful, fear-inspiring, fearful, fearsome, forbidding, formidable, foul, frightening, ghastly, grisly, gruesome, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrific, horrifying, howling, loathsome, lurid, macabre, nasty, nauseating, nauseous, offensive, overawing, repelling, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, rousing, scaring, scary, shocking, startling, terrible, terrific, thumping, ugly, unspeakable, vile, whacking