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Awful description of first Russian tsar (8)


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'awful' is the definition.
(I know that awful can be written as terrible)

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(Other definitions for terrible that I've seen before include "Frightful" , "Appalling" , "Extremely bad" , "Atrocious" , "Really bad" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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