If you say that something is dreadful, you mean that it is very bad or unpleasant, or very poor in quality.
They told us the dreadful news...他们告诉了我们那糟糕透顶的消息。My financial situation is dreadful.我的经济状况一团糟。
Dreadful is used to emphasize the degree or extent of something bad.
We've made a dreadful mistake...我们犯了个极大的错误。I had a dreadful headache.我头痛欲裂。
If someone looks or feels dreadful, they look or feel very ill, tired, or upset.
Are you all right? You look dreadful...你还好吧？你看上去十分疲惫。I feel absolutely dreadful about what has happened.我对已发生的一切感到极其失望。
He is dreadfully tough.他极其粗鲁。His mother’s death had shaken him dreadfully.他母亲的死对他打击很大。I knew something was dreadfully wrong.我知道有些情况极不正常。The actor hammed up the part dreadfully.演员把剧中的角色演得极端过火。Your father misses you dreadfully.你父亲非常惦念你。All stories seemed dreadfully alike,no matter who told them.看来,不管谁讲,故事都是千篇一律的。
1. of a dreadful kind;
"there was a dreadfully bloody accident on the road this morning"
2. in a dreadful manner;
"as he looks at the mess he has left behind he must wonder how the Brits so often managed to succeed in the kind of situation where he has so dismally failed"