from The Century Dictionary.
- In a frightful manner; dreadfully; terribly.
- Intolerably; shockingly; hideously; exceedingly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adverb In a frightful manner; to a frightful dagree.
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- adverb In a
- adverb Very,
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- adverb used as intensifiers
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Their outlook towards a venomous German attempt to do something "frightfully" nasty, is very similar to a large and powerful nurse dealing with a fractious child -- sort of: "Now, then, Master Frankie, you mustn't kick and scream like that."
She, too, was in debt; "frightfully," her husband had used the right word;
Lots of them, of course, were frightfully swell (Betty annexed "frightfully" at school, by the by) and had all sorts of clothes; but Betty was perfectly content with her modest outfit, and none of the other girls seemed to mind how she dressed.
She, too, was in debt; "frightfully" her husband had used the right word; "hopelessly" so far as satisfying her creditors, even out of the large allowance Mr. Ferrars made her; and still she had not the courage voluntarily to tell the truth, which yet she knew must burst upon him ere long.
'frightfully' something or other during the evening.
"In all spheres of social, economic and political relationships we are 'frightfully' revolutionary.
Tudor, having pulled through the fever and started to mend, was still frightfully weak and very much starved.
I'm afraid France took engravings and etchings, while it was a frightfully disappointing year for reliefs, with no gold medal awarded at all.
The latter is especially inviting, as Dark Horse Comics released three frightfully king-sized collections in time for All Hallow's Eve.
Hardly deserving of 'the most trusted man in America' moniker either; history has shown that he was frightfully deceitful.