1. [ adjective ] grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
Synonyms: hideous outrageous horrid

"subjected to outrageous cruelty" "a hideous pattern of injustice" "horrific conditions in the mining industry"

Related terms: offensive
2. [ adjective ] causing fear or dread or terror
Synonyms: terrible frightening dreadful awful fearful fearsome dreaded dread horrendous 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