A shocking or sensational report of a crime. (noun)
Examples of word dreadful
It would be dreadful, _dreadful_, if Pegler began seeing ghosts, and turning hysterical.
"That I can't stand it, that I can't go on with it, that it is dreadful to me, -- _dreadful! _"
"Oh! would this long day, this dreadful, _dreadful_ waiting for -- _what_? ever come to an end?" she asked herself over and over again.
Death is, as one of the ancients observes, [Greek: to ton phoberon phoberotaton], _of dreadful things the most dreadful_: an evil, beyond which nothing can be threatened by sublunary power, or feared from human enmity or vengeance.
Cousin Helen, I've had such a dreadful, _dreadful_ time! "