1. [ adjective ] causing fear or dread or terror
Synonyms: frightening dreadful awful fearful fearsome dreaded dread direful horrendous horrific dire

"the awful war" "an awful risk" "dire news" "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked" "the dread presence of the headmaster" "a dreaded disease" "a dreadful storm" "a fearful howling"

Related terms: alarming
2. [ adjective ] exceptionally bad or displeasing
Synonyms: awful unspeakable dreadful painful abominable atrocious

"atrocious taste" "abominable workmanship" "an awful voice" "dreadful manners" "a painful performance" "terrible handwriting" "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"

Related terms: bad
3. [ adjective ] intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality
Synonyms: severe wicked

"severe pain" "a severe case of flu" "a terrible cough" "under wicked fire from the enemy's guns" "a wicked cough"

Related terms: intense
4. [ adjective ] extremely distressing
Synonyms: frightful fearful

"fearful slum conditions" "a frightful mistake" "suffered terrible thirst"

Related terms: bad
Similar spelling:   terribly