how to pronounce dreadful


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the above transcription of dreadful is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

dreadful is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of dreadful in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and in a single dreadful day and night …”

meaning of dreadful

Dreadful means causing fear or dread.

dreadful frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word dreadful occurs in english on average 5.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics dreadful can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that dreadful can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to dreadful


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