1. [ adjective ] causing fear or dread or terror
Synonyms: terrible frightening dreadful awful fearful horrendous horrific dread fearsome direful 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
Similar spelling:   dried-out