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 for frightful
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Frightful \Fright"ful\, a.
     1. Full of fright; affrighted; frightened. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
              See how the frightful herds run from the wood. --W.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm;
        impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or
        tempest; a frightful appearance.
     Syn: Terrible; dreadful; alarming; fearful; terrific; awful;
          horrid; horrible; shocking.
     Usage: Frightful, Dreadful, Awful. These words all
            express fear. In frightful, it is a sudden emotion; in
            dreadful, it is deeper and more prolonged; in awful,
            the fear is mingled with the emotion of awe, which
            subdues us before the presence of some invisible
            power. An accident may be frightful; the approach of
            death is dreadful to most men; the convulsions of the
            earthquake are awful.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: provoking horror; "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a
             frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even
             horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible"-
             Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound" [syn: atrocious,
             frightful, horrifying, horrible, ugly]
      2: extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact; "in a
         frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money" [syn:
         frightful, terrible, awful, tremendous]
      3: extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions"; "a
         frightful mistake" [syn: fearful, frightful]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "frightful":
     abhorrent, abominable, alarming, appalling, atrocious, awful,
     awing, chilling, daunting, deadly, deterrent, deterring,
     disagreeable, disconcerting, discouraging, disheartening,
     dismaying, disquieting, dreadful, fear-inspiring, fearful,
     fearsome, forbidding, formidable, foul, frightening, ghastly,
     grisly, gruesome, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrific,
     horrifying, howling, loathsome, lurid, macabre, nasty, nauseating,
     nauseous, offensive, overawing, repelling, repugnant, repulsive,
     revolting, rousing, scaring, scary, shocking, startling, terrible,
     terrific, thumping, ugly, unspeakable, vile, whacking

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