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  • adj. frightful

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Terrifying; frightful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Terrifying; terrible; frightful: as, “affrightful accidents,” Bp. Hall, Sermons, xxxiii.


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  • It is sufficient for the utmost fervour of gratitude that we are saved from punishments, too great to be conceived; but our salvation is surely not complete, till by the illumination from above, we are made to know 'the exceeding sinfulness of sin,' and that horribleness in its nature, which, while it involves all these frightful consequences, is yet, of itself more affrightful to a regenerated soul than those consequences.

    Reminiscences of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey

  • During the days and affrightful nights of my disease, when my limbs were swollen, and my stomach refused to retain the food -- taken in in sorrow, then I looked with pleasure on the scheme: but as soon as dry frosty weather came, or the rains and damps passed off, and I was filled with elastic health, from crown to sole, then the thought of the weight of pecuniary obligation from so many people reconciled me; but I have broken off my story.

    Reminiscences of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey


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