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Unpleasant; disagreeable:
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  1. Unpleasant; disagreeable:
  2. Very bad:
  3. Extremely formidable:
Characterized by an impassioned emphasis on damnation and eternal punishment
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  1. Characterized by an impassioned emphasis on damnation and eternal punishment
(--- Theol.) So evil as to cause spiritual death; mortal
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  1. (--- Theol.) So evil as to cause spiritual death; mortal
  2. Dignified and somber in conduct or character:
  3. Fraught with danger or harm:
Menacing; threatening:
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  1. Menacing; threatening:
  2. Of or serving as an omen; esp., having the character of an evil omen; threatening; sinister
  3. Of or being an omen, especially an evil one.
Marked by pompousness; pretentiously weighty.
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  1. Marked by pompousness; pretentiously weighty.
  2. Of momentous or ominous significance.
  3. Full of unspecifiable significance; exciting wonder and awe:
Subjected to or marked by misfortune:
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  1. Subjected to or marked by misfortune:
  2. Unfortunate, marked by misfortune
  3. Resulting or likely to result in misfortune; inauspicious:
  1. Horrifying and astonishing.
  2. Causing horror, shock, or dismay
  3. Causing consternation or dismay; frightful:
Foreshadowing evil or disaster; ominous.
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  1. Foreshadowing evil or disaster; ominous.
  2. Fearful, terrible.
Horrible; frightful
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  1. Horrible; frightful
  2. Causing shock, revulsion, or horror; terrifying:
  3. Like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid; dismal.
Worthy of respect or honor.
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  1. Worthy of respect or honor.
  2. Formidable; fearsome
  3. Arousing fear or awe; formidable.
Easily scared; very timid.
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  1. Easily scared; very timid.
  2. Causing, or able to cause, fright
  3. (US, colloquial, dated) Subject to sudden alarm; nervous, jumpy.
Unpleasant; disagreeable:
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  1. Unpleasant; disagreeable:
  2. Very bad:
  3. Extremely formidable:
Extremely unpleasant; distasteful or shocking:
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  1. Extremely unpleasant; distasteful or shocking:
  2. Very bad, offensive, disagreeable, etc.
  3. Inspiring dread; terrible.
Offering so little chance, as for improvement, as to cause despair; extremely dangerous or serious
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  1. Offering so little chance, as for improvement, as to cause despair; extremely dangerous or serious
  2. Extremely intense:
  3. Nearly hopeless; critical:
Of or constituting a culminating or decisive event, turning point, etc., esp. one that is unsettling or threatening
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  1. Of or constituting a culminating or decisive event, turning point, etc., esp. one that is unsettling or threatening
  2. Characterized by predictions of or allusions to a disastrous outcome:
  3. Relating to or predicting the end of the world, especially as described in the Bible or another religious text.
Portending harm; ominous.
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  1. Portending harm; ominous.
  2. Causing harm, ruin, or death; harmful.
Foreshadowing evil or disaster; ominous.
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  1. Foreshadowing evil or disaster; ominous.
  2. Inspiring dread; terrible.
Determined in advance by fate, fated.
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  1. Determined in advance by fate, fated.
  2. Having important consequences; often, specif., bringing death or destruction
  3. Momentous, significant, setting or sealing ones fate.
Extremely unpleasant; distasteful or shocking:
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  1. Extremely unpleasant; distasteful or shocking:
  2. Very bad, offensive, disagreeable, etc.
  3. Inspiring dread; terrible or awesome
Experiencing fear; frightened:
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  1. Experiencing fear; frightened:
  2. Causing or capable of causing fear; frightening:
  3. Extreme, as in degree or extent. Used especially of something negative:
Frightening, especially in appearance.
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  1. Frightening, especially in appearance.
  2. Fearful; timid.
  3. Causing fear; dreadful; horrible
Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder:
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  1. Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder:
  2. Arousing fear, dread, or alarm:
  3. Difficult to undertake, surmount, or defeat:
(Informal) Unpleasant; annoying
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  1. (Informal) Unpleasant; annoying
  2. Great
  3. Shocking; terrible
Very great in scope or importance:
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  1. Very great in scope or importance:
  2. (Archaic) Capable of making one tremble; terrible.
  3. Wonderful, amazing, extraordinary, etc.
Of the utmost seriousness or importance
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  1. Of the utmost seriousness or importance
  2. Characterized by intense emotion; passionate:
  3. Marked by flames or intense heat:
That demands action or attention.
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  1. That demands action or attention.
  2. That deserves rebuke or censure.
  3. Abominable; reprehensible:
Rising above a surrounding medium, especially a fluid.
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  1. Rising above a surrounding medium, especially a fluid.
  2. Relating to an exceptionally tall tree whose crown extends well above the level of the upper canopy.
  3. Rooted below a body of water or in an area that is periodically submerged but extending above the water level. Used of aquatic plants such as cattails, rushes, or cord grass.
Requiring immediate action; pressing:
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  1. Requiring immediate action; pressing:
  2. Calling for immediate action or attention; urgent; critical
  3. Having or making urgent demands; demanding:
Having the nature of, or indicating, power or authority; commanding
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  1. Having the nature of, or indicating, power or authority; commanding
  2. Absolutely necessary; urgent; compelling
  3. Necessary or urgent:
Quickly and easily resolved or determined:
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  1. Quickly and easily resolved or determined:
  2. Occurring at once; immediate:
  3. (Archaic) Urgent; pressing
Demanding immediate attention; urgent:
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  1. Demanding immediate attention; urgent:
  2. Very earnest or insistent:
  3. Persistent in request or demand; insistent
Compelling immediate action or attention; pressing.
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  1. Compelling immediate action or attention; pressing.
  2. Conveying a sense of pressing importance:
  3. Calling for haste, immediate action, etc.; grave; pressing
Extremely sharp or severe; intense:
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  1. Extremely sharp or severe; intense:
  2. Afflicted by a disease exhibiting a rapid onset followed by a short, severe course:
  3. Very serious; critical; crucial
Of or relating to a climacteric.
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  1. Of or relating to a climacteric.
  2. Of or resembling a climacteric; crucial
  3. Critical; crucial.
Designating or of important products or raw materials subject to increased production and restricted distribution under strict control, as in wartime
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  1. Designating or of important products or raw materials subject to increased production and restricted distribution under strict control, as in wartime
  2. Extremely important or essential:
  3. (Physics) Capable of sustaining a nuclear chain reaction:
Of supreme importance; decisive; critical
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  1. Of supreme importance; decisive; critical
  2. Extremely significant or important:
  3. Vital to the resolution of a crisis or the determination of an outcome:
Suffering or driven by great need or distress:
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  1. Suffering or driven by great need or distress:
  2. Offering so little chance, as for improvement, as to cause despair; extremely dangerous or serious
  3. Nearly hopeless; critical:
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