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dreadful

Pronunciation: /ˈdredfəl/

Translation of dreadful in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • [news/experience/weather] espantoso, terrible, atroz stop that dreadful racket! ¡deja de hacer ese ruido tan espantoso! how dreadful for you! ¡qué horror! ¡pobrecito! I feel dreadful about not having helped me siento muy mal por no haber ayudado you look dreadful tienes muy mala cara
    Example sentences
    • ‘Nevertheless it was a serious attack, with dreadful injuries and that of course is something he regrets immensely,’ she said.
    • That was undoubtedly the worst period of my life, made even more dreadful by a growing fear that it would never end, and my life would be ruined.
    • How do you reconcile the dreadful suffering and loss of life caused by the tsunami in South East Asia with the idea of a loving God?
    Example sentences
    • Then why are they feeding them rotten, frightening, dreadful food for their minds and souls?
    • ‘As far as their understanding would go they would see it as possibly disgraceful and downright dreadful behaviour,’ he said.
    • Who says the admission to some other sports are any better value than the often dreadful rubbish served up in some of the GAA's National Leagues fixtures.

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