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- n. The characteristic of being dreadful.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being dreadful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being dreadful; terribleness; frightfulness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a quality of extreme unpleasantness
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So well did Benita seem to understand Sanders that the Siren thinks his "dreadfulness" might have been oddly comforting at times.
The sound of the wind adds to the dreadfulness. (via Japundit)
An interesting book touching both on aristocratic privilege and on dreadfulness in 1800s Ireland is _The Reason Why_.
The US also avoided various forms of dreadfulness in the British Empire in the 1800s, like Irish and Indian famines.
They're dispensed at frequent intervals by Diane Lane, who does better than anyone had a right to expect, since she is saddled with dialogue of exceptional dreadfulness.
We must stick it out until the bitter end despite the dreadfulness of it all.
The problem is that we've all learned to tolerate a level of overpaid, institutionalised corporate dreadfulness that no one actually likes but everyone meekly accepts because we've all been told that blockbuster movies have to be stupid to survive.
"Huh!" sneered the terrible one, with such dreadfulness of menace as to cause Whiskers and Fatty involuntarily to close their hands down on their cave-man's weapons.
If you pick up a copy of Marlene Zuk's brilliant, brilliantly titled SEX ON SIX LEGS expecting to find a Nature Channel-friendly book about the wonders or dreadfulness of the insect world, you might be a little bit disappointed.
I still have fond memories of the first time I stumbled onto Robot Monster, back in the days when local broadcast television had afternoon movie shows, and one could serendipitously chance upon such inspired dreadfulness as a cheesy science fiction epic -- with Hamlet-like ambitions -- in which the titular monster was actually some guy in a gorilla suit wearing a toy diver's helmet (check it out if you don't believe me).