(noun, adjective)


1. causing fear or dread or terror

- the dread presence of the headmaster

- polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was

- a dreadful storm

Similar word(s): alarming, awful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible

2. exceptionally bad or displeasing

- dreadful manners

Similar word(s): bad, abominable, atrocious, awful, painful, terrible, unspeakable

3. extremely disagreeable and unpleasant

- don't go out, the weather is dreadful

Similar word(s): disagreeable


1. A shocking or sensational crime.

2. A shocking or sensational report of a crime.