(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. horrible, shocking; informal, unpleasant, disagreeable. See fear, ugliness.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Causing fright]
Syn. fearful, awful, dreadful, horrifying, frightening, terrifying, alarming, scary, horrible, terrible, awesome, awe-inspiring, direful, gruesome, traumatic, ghastly, grisly, macabre, lurid, petrifying, unnerving, hair-raising, bloodcurdling, nightmarish, shocking, repellent, harrowing, appalling, horrific, atrocious, unspeakable, inconceivable, ominous, portentous, fearsome, dismaying, demoralizing, disturbing, disquieting, eerie, weird, uncanny, spooky*, creepy*.
Ant. charming*, reassuring, alluring.
2. [Very bad or unpleasant]
Syn. calamitous, shocking, terrible, horrendous; see offensive 2 .
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Very bad: appalling, awful, dreadful, fearful, ghastly, horrendous, horrible, shocking, terrible. See GOOD. 2. Causing or able to cause fear: appalling, dire, direful, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, formidable, ghastly, redoubtable, scary, terrible, tremendous. See FEAR.

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