dreadful (adj.) Old form(s): dreadfull
inspiring dread, causing fear, daunting
1H6 I.i.110[Third Messenger to all, of Talbot] this dreadful lord ... / Was round encompassed and set upon
1H6 II.iii.7[Countess alone, of Talbot] Great is the rumour of this dreadful knight
Oth II.iii.169[Othello to all] Silence that dreadful bell
R3 I.i.8[Richard alone] Our dreadful marches [are changed] to delightful measures
TC IV.iv.126[Troilus to Diomedes, invoking the gods] by the dreadful Pluto
TC IV.v.4[Agamemnon to Ajax] With starting courage, / Give with thy trumpet a loud note to Troy, / Thou dreadful Ajax
TC V.v.14[Agamemnon to Diomedes] the dreadful Sagittary / Appals our numbers
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