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Dictionary Definition

frightful adj
1 provoking horror; "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound" [syn: atrocious, horrifying, horrible, ugly]
2 extreme in degree; "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money"
3 extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake"; "suffered terrible thirst" [syn: fearful, terrible]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. : Full of fright; affrighted; frightened. [Obs.]
    See how the frightful herds run from the wood. W. Browne.
  2. Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or tempest; a frightful appearance.


  • terrible; dreadful; alarming; fearful; terrific; awful; horrid; horrible; shocking. -- Frightful, Dreadful, Awful. These words all express fear. In frightful, it is a sudden emotion; in dreadful, it is deeper and more prolonged; in awful, the fear is mingled with the emotion of awe, which subdues us before the presence of some invisible power. An accident may be frightful; the approach of death is dreadful to most men; the convulsions of the earthquake are awful.

Extensive Definition

Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes is an animated television series based on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four comic book series and the first live-action movie. It airs on Cartoon Network. The series, which is the fourth to feature the Fantastic Four, combines two-dimensional art and three-dimensional computer animation produced by the France-based animation company Moonscoop. The show premiered as part of Toonami on September 2, 2006 and ran through October, only airing 7 of the season's 26 episodes. It returned to the network starting June 9, 2007, shortly before the release of the film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
It is distributed on USA by 20th Century Fox and outside USA by Warner Bros. Television Distribution.
DVDs for the show have been released in volumes; three volumes with four random episodes each has been released. A release collecting the entire first season on DVD is to be released in June.

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frightful in Dutch: Fantastic Four (animatieserie 2006)
frightful in Polish: Fantastyczna Czwórka (serial animowany 2006)
frightful in Finnish: Ihmeneloset (vuoden 2006 animaatiosarja)

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