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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (awful)
a. espantoso
The entire community was shocked by the dreadful crime.Toda la comunidad quedó impactada por el crimen espantoso.
b. horroroso
It was at that precise moment that he made the dreadful mistake of licking the cold metal pole.Fue en ese momento preciso que hizo el error horroroso de lamer la barra de metal fría.
c. terrible
We came running as soon as we heard the dreadful news.Vinimos corriendo apenas supimos de la terrible noticia.
d. horrible
I was finally freed from the dungeon after spending 20 years in that dreadful place.Por fin fui liberado del calabozo tras pasar 20 años en ese horrible lugar.
2. (as intensifier)
a. total
The remake of the movie turned out to be a dreadful bore.La nueva versión de la película resultó ser un aburrimiento total.
b. absoluto
It is a dreadful shame that the government has ignored these claims.Es una vergüenza absoluta que el gobierno haya desoído estos reclamos.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (terrible)
a. espantoso(a), horroroso(a)
to feel dreadfulsentirse muy mal or
to look dreadfultener un aspecto terrible
2. (colloquial)
a. (for emphasis)
it's a dreadful bore!¡es un aburrimiento total!
it's a dreadful shame!¡es una vergüenza absoluta!
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dreadful [ˈdredfʊl]
[+crime, sight, suffering] espantoso; [+news, accident, experience] espantoso; terrible; [+disease, person, noise] terrible; [+night, moment, place] horrible; [+book, film] pésimo; [+weather, conditions] pésimo; fatal (informal); (Esp) [+situation, mistake] horroroso; terrible
how dreadful! ¡qué horror!; he is a dreadful coward es un cobarde asqueroso; a dreadful business un asunto horroroso
I feel dreadful! (ill) ¡me encuentro muy mal!; ¡me encuentro fatal! (informal); (Esp) (ashamed) ¡qué vergüenza me da!; ¡qué pena me da!; (LAm) me da muchísima vergüenza or pena; (LAm)
to feel dreadful [about] sth I feel absolutely dreadful about what happened
I feel dreadful about forgetting his birthday me siento fatal por haber olvidado su cumpleaños (informal)
to look dreadful (ill) tener mala cara (informal); (unattractive) [+person] estar horrible; tener una pinta horrorosa (informal); [+thing] quedar horroroso
I look dreadful in this hat estoy horrible con este sombrero; tengo una pinta horrorosa con este sombrero (informal); that brown wallpaper looks dreadful ese papel pintado marrón queda horroroso
I look dreadful when I have just got up in the morning the children had drawn all over Aunt Flo's painting, and it looked dreadful
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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