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exceptionally bad or displeasing

very unpleasant

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But one word many times repeated, a dreadful word, revealed the cause of the agitation spreading on board the Nautilus.
the maelstrom!" Could a more dreadful word in a more dreadful situation have sounded in our ears!
"There are other consequences, not indeed so dreadful or replete with horror as this; and yet such, as, if attentively considered, must, one would think, deter all of your sex at least from the commission of this crime.
For, by the laws of custom, the whole shame, with all its dreadful consequences, falls intirely upon her.
I mention this because it would be worth the observation of any prisoner, who shall hereafter fall into the same misfortune, and come to that dreadful place of Newgate, how time, necessity, and conversing with the wretches that are there familiarizes the place to them; how at last they become reconciled to that which at first was the greatest dread upon their spirits in the world, and are as impudently cheerful and merry in their misery as they were when out of it.
I lived many days here under the utmost horror of soul; I had death, as it were, in view, and thought of nothing night and day, but of gibbets and halters, evil spirits and devils; it is not to be expressed by words how I was harassed, between the dreadful apprehensions of death and the terror of my conscience reproaching me with my past horrible life.
Why, I never heard you talk so; I'm afraid you'll do something dreadful. I don't wonder at your feelings, at all; but oh, do be careful--do, do--for my sake--for Harry's!"
The sloping wall of the pit was not difficult for an active man to climb, but I hesitated long before I trusted myself within reach of the dreadful creature which had so nearly destroyed me.
The horrible thought that I might never see them again, that I might find myself abandoned all alone in that dreadful place, with no possible way of descending into the world below, that I might live and die in that nightmare country, drove me to desperation.
"How dreadful!" she murmured, "how more than dreadful, if Mr.
The warriors of Swaran fled then, pursued by the sons of Fingal, till the hero bade the fighting cease, and darkness once more fell over the dreadful field.
A dreadful dumb trembling crawled all over me on a sudden.
He was all over as bright as a flame, so that I could but just bear to look towards him; his countenance was most inexpressibly dreadful, impossible for words to describe.
'I know that,' returned John; 'but I have - I want - I've made a dreadful mess of it,' he broke out, and turned to the window.
It was too dreadful to be under the burden of these insoluble problems, so he abandoned himself to any distraction in order to forget them.