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Meaning of DREAD

Pronunciation:  dred

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"
  2. [v]  be afraid or scared of; be frightened of; "I fear the winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"

DREAD is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: apprehension, apprehensiveness, fear
 See Also: boding, chill, fear, fearfulness, foreboding, fright, gloom, gloominess, pall, panic, premonition, presentiment, somberness, suspense, trepidation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dread\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dreaded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Dreading}.] [AS. dr?dan, in comp.; akin to OS. dr[=a]dan,
    OHG. tr[=a]tan, both only in comp.]
    To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to,
    with terrific apprehension.
          When at length the moment dreaded through so many years
          came close, the dark cloud passed away from Johnson's
          mind.                                    --Macaulay.
  2. \Dread\, v. i.
    To be in dread, or great fear.
          Dread not, neither be afraid of them.    --Deut. i. 29.
  3. \Dread\, n.
    1. Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension
       of danger; anticipatory terror.
             The secret dread of divine displeasure. --Tillotson.
             The dread of something after death.   --Shak.
    2. Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
             The fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon
             every beast of the earth.             --Gen. ix. 2.
             His scepter shows the force of temporal power, The
             attribute to awe and majesty, Wherein doth sit the
             dread and fear of kings.              --Shak.
    3. An object of terrified apprehension.
    4. A person highly revered. [Obs.] ``Una, his dear dread.''
    5. Fury; dreadfulness. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    6. Doubt; as, out of dread. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    Syn: Awe; fear; affright; terror; horror; dismay;
         apprehension. See {Reverence}.
  4. \Dread\, a.
    1. Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror;
       frightful; dreadful.
             A dread eternity! how surely mine.    --Young.
    2. Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as,
       dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.
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