Awful and Dreadful


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Awful adjective – Causing intense displeasure, disgust, or resentment.
Usage example: that's an awful thing to say about someone

Dreadful is a synonym for awful in terrible topic. In some cases you can use "Dreadful" instead the word "Awful" as an adjective or a noun, when it comes to topics like property, good, disgusting, rough. informal substitute
Nearby Word: awfully
Synonyms for Awful


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Dreadful adjective – Causing fear.
Usage example: a dreadful hurricane

Awful is a synonym for dreadful in terrible topic. You can use "Awful" instead an adjective "Dreadful", if it concerns topics such as frightful, property, good, serious. popular alternative
Nearby Words: dread, dreadfully, dreaded, dreading
Synonyms for Dreadful

Things that words describes

performance awful performance dreadful performance
sound awful sound dreadful sound
stuff awful stuff dreadful stuff
fate awful fate dreadful fate
Other nouns: place, piece, situation, time, music, leader, sequel, poetry, conditions, cook, film, singer, movie, ways, puns.

Both words in one sentence

  • I thought this movie was awful, dreadful, terrible, stupid, idiotic, unfunny, labored, forced, painful, bad!
  • Series / Siskel & Ebert I found this movie to be awful, terrible, dreadful, stupid, idiotic, unfunny, labored, forced, painful, bad!
  • Video Game / Tamagotchi Dreadful Musician: Mametchi's awful singing has his friends covering their ears in agony.
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