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Dictionary definition for: Frightful

1. (s) 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"

2. (s) extreme in degree; "in a frightful hurry" "spent a frightful amount of money"

3. (s) extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions" "a frightful mistake" "suffered terrible thirst"

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