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el servicio postal era espantoso

  • 1 espantoso

    adj.
    frightening, frightful, fearsome, dreadful.
    * * *
    1 (terrible) frightful, dreadful
    2 (asombroso) astonishing, amazing
    3 (desmesurado) dreadful, terrible
    hizo un frío espantoso the cold was awful, it was absolutely freezing
    * * *
    (f. - espantosa)
    adj.
    * * *
    ADJ
    1) (=aterrador) frightening
    2) [para exagerar]

    llevaba un traje espantososhe was wearing an awful o a hideous o a frightful o ghastly * hat

    * * *
    - sa adjetivo
    a) <escena/crimen> horrific, appalling
    b) (fam) ( uso hiperbólico) <comida/letra/tiempo> atrocious; <vestido/color> hideous; <ruido/voz> terrible, awful

    hace un calor espantosoit's boiling o roasting hot (colloq)

    * * *
    = frightening, harrowing, atrocious, awful, frightful, dire, ghastly, fear-inducing, hideous, shocking, horrible, dreadful, grisly [grislier -comp., grisliest -sup.], god-awful, groundshaking, nightmarish.
    Ex. No echo of so frightening a concept, 'class', ever lingers within the hushed precincts of our libraries.
    Ex. See Michael R. Booth, 'English Melodrama', for further details of this harrowing tale.
    Ex. The public library's selection of books for small boys is atrocious.
    Ex. These articles were written by those who have had first hand experience of the awful consequences of not devoting enough time to testing their security systems.
    Ex. The book, written by a man who is not a military historian as such, is concerned above all with showing the war's hideousness, its frightful human cost, its pathos and loss, and its essential failure to achieve its objectives.
    Ex. Throughout the process of development, debate and enactment of the Digital Millennium Act in the USA, many dire forebodings were envisaged for the library profession.
    Ex. True, ghastly additions were made to XML.
    Ex. The author suggests that the ability to enjoy fear-inducing media increases with age.
    Ex. The book focuses on images where hideous atrocities -- e.g., murder, blasphemy, wanton destruction and even cannibalism -- are shown to be part of the daily life of the common people of Paris during the revolution.
    Ex. The author mentions several recent shocking revelations concerning the activities of the Japanese government and its officials.
    Ex. Not saving the wildlife is too horrible to contemplate, but saving it will require us to accept harsh realities and abandon romantic notions.
    Ex. The same author also wrote the book 'Serials deselection: a dreadful dilemma'.
    Ex. Much of what he sees and shows his readers is grim, if not grisly.
    Ex. The director and deputies deserve the most recognition because they actually had to give up time with their families for the god-awful places we sent them.
    Ex. The author gives an insider's perspective on what it feels like to be an Arab since the groundshaking events of 1967 when Arab hopes were unexpectedly shattered by the outcome of the Arab Israeli war.
    Ex. It was the drugs that made me mad: Jane was anorexic, but the treatment prescribed pushed her over the edge for 22 nightmarish years.
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    * dolor de cabeza espantoso = splitting headache.
    * * *
    - sa adjetivo
    a) <escena/crimen> horrific, appalling
    b) (fam) ( uso hiperbólico) <comida/letra/tiempo> atrocious; <vestido/color> hideous; <ruido/voz> terrible, awful

    hace un calor espantosoit's boiling o roasting hot (colloq)

    * * *
    = frightening, harrowing, atrocious, awful, frightful, dire, ghastly, fear-inducing, hideous, shocking, horrible, dreadful, grisly [grislier -comp., grisliest -sup.], god-awful, groundshaking, nightmarish.

    Ex: No echo of so frightening a concept, 'class', ever lingers within the hushed precincts of our libraries.

    Ex: See Michael R. Booth, 'English Melodrama', for further details of this harrowing tale.
    Ex: The public library's selection of books for small boys is atrocious.
    Ex: These articles were written by those who have had first hand experience of the awful consequences of not devoting enough time to testing their security systems.
    Ex: The book, written by a man who is not a military historian as such, is concerned above all with showing the war's hideousness, its frightful human cost, its pathos and loss, and its essential failure to achieve its objectives.
    Ex: Throughout the process of development, debate and enactment of the Digital Millennium Act in the USA, many dire forebodings were envisaged for the library profession.
    Ex: True, ghastly additions were made to XML.
    Ex: The author suggests that the ability to enjoy fear-inducing media increases with age.
    Ex: The book focuses on images where hideous atrocities -- e.g., murder, blasphemy, wanton destruction and even cannibalism -- are shown to be part of the daily life of the common people of Paris during the revolution.
    Ex: The author mentions several recent shocking revelations concerning the activities of the Japanese government and its officials.
    Ex: Not saving the wildlife is too horrible to contemplate, but saving it will require us to accept harsh realities and abandon romantic notions.
    Ex: The same author also wrote the book 'Serials deselection: a dreadful dilemma'.
    Ex: Much of what he sees and shows his readers is grim, if not grisly.
    Ex: The director and deputies deserve the most recognition because they actually had to give up time with their families for the god-awful places we sent them.
    Ex: The author gives an insider's perspective on what it feels like to be an Arab since the groundshaking events of 1967 when Arab hopes were unexpectedly shattered by the outcome of the Arab Israeli war.
    Ex: It was the drugs that made me mad: Jane was anorexic, but the treatment prescribed pushed her over the edge for 22 nightmarish years.
    * dolor de cabeza espantoso = splitting headache.

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    1 ‹escena/crimen› horrific, appalling
    fue una experiencia espantosa it was a horrific o horrifying experience
    2 ( fam)
    (uso hiperbólico): hace un calor espantoso it's boiling o roasting, it's incredibly o unbearably hot ( colloq)
    pasamos un frío espantoso we were absolutely freezing ( colloq)
    tengo un hambre espantosa I'm ravenous o starving ( colloq)
    la comida era espantosa the food was atrocious o ghastly
    ¡qué sombrero tan espantoso! what a hideous o an awful hat
    esta máquina hace un ruido espantoso this machine makes a terrible o dreadful noise ( colloq)
    llueve que es una cosa espantosa it's absolutely pouring ( colloq), it's bucketing down ( colloq)
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    espantoso
    ◊ -sa adjetivo

    a)escena/crimen horrific, appalling

    b) (fam) ( uso hiperbólico) ‹comida/letra/tiempo atrocious;

    vestido/color hideous;
    ruido/voz terrible, awful;

    espantoso,-a adjetivo
    1 (horripilante) horrifying, appalling: es un asunto espantoso, it's a horrifying situation
    2 fam (uso hiperbólico) tengo unas ganas espantosas de que llegue el fin de semana, I'm dying for the weekend to come!
    3 fam (muy feo) awful, hideous: ¡quítate ese espantoso sombrero!, take off that awful hat!
    ' espantoso' also found in these entries:
    Spanish:
    berrido
    - espantosa
    - ridícula
    - ridículo
    - sueño
    - tener
    - hacer
    English:
    diabolic
    - diabolical
    - dreadful
    - frightening
    - frightful
    - ghastly
    - gruesome
    - hairy
    - hideous
    - horrendous
    - interminable
    - shocking
    - stinking
    - wretched
    - abominable
    - atrocious
    - boiling
    - dire
    - excruciating
    - horrific
    - split
    - terrible
    - terrific
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    espantoso, -a adj
    1. [pavoroso] horrific
    2. [enorme] terrible;
    allí dentro hacía un calor espantoso it was roasting o boiling o terribly hot in there;
    tengo un frío espantoso I'm freezing to death;
    teníamos un hambre espantosa we were famished o starving
    3. [feísimo] hideous, frightful;
    llevaba un vestido espantoso she was wearing a hideous o frightful dress
    4. [pasmoso] appalling, shocking;
    el servicio postal era espantoso the postal service was appalling;
    * * *
    adj
    1 horrific, appalling
    2 para enfatizar terrible, dreadful;
    hace un calor espantoso it’s terribly o incredibly hot
    * * *
    espantoso, -sa adj
    1) : frightening, terrifying
    2) : frightful, dreadful
    * * *
    espantoso adj awful / dreadful

    Spanish-English dictionary > espantoso

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