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  • adj. Archaic form of frightful.


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  • Mistresse, referring his personall forme of appearance, to what shape himselfe best pleased to assume, so that it might not be frightfull, or offensive to her.

    The Decameron

  • It accustoms the eyes of the other sex, and in time reconciles them to frightfull objects; it disables them from perceiving any distinction of features between woman and woman; and, by reducing all faces to a level, gives every female an equal chance for an admirer; being in this particular analogous to the practice of the antient Lacedemonians, who were obliged to chuse their helpmates in the dark.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • "Oh, yes; you were so angry with Uncle Dick an 'me -- so frightfull' angry, you know, that I was going to try to find the 'wonderful lamp' so I could wish everything all right again an 'all of us' live happy ever after '; but the blasted oak did just as well, an' was nicer, somehow, wasn't it?"

    My Lady Caprice

  • "An 'you will never be angry with Uncle Dick or me any more, will you, auntie -- that is, not frightfull' angry, you know?"

    My Lady Caprice

  • The only way, in such cases, is to stare the ugly horror right in the face; never a sidelong glance, nor half-look, for those are what show a frightfull thing in its frightfullest aspect.

    The Marble Faun - Volume 1 The Romance of Monte Beni

  • I know Yor business is vastly large I desire You'l befriend me in selling my Tobo. as early as You can, These lagg sales and dilatory Accounts carry a frightfull

    Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, February 13, 1721

  • Heterodox belief, seeking by frightfull stories of the sufferings of some, and the refined sight of others, etc.,

    "More Wonders of the Invisible World," by Robert Calef, 1700 ; from Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706

  • I find the first example about morality quite frightfull to be honest.

    Planet Atheism

  • Ricciardo perceiving the extremity of her perplexed minde, used all manly and milde perswasions, which possibly he could devise to doe, to turne the torrent of this high tide, to a calmer course; as by outward shew shee made appearance of, untill (in frightfull feares shunning every one shee met withall, as arguments of her guiltinesse) shee recovered her owne house, where remorse so tortured her distressed soule, that she fell into so fierce a melancholy, as never left her till shee died.

    The Decameron

  • 2041: Their Musicke, frightfull as the Serpents hisse,

    Henry VI, Part Two (1623 First Folio Edition)


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