Definitions

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  • n. One who dreads.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who fears, or lives in fear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who dreads, or lives in fear and apprehension.

Etymologies

dread +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Or might it be that you have been a closet Darwin dreader all along?

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  • Sequels are surely dread things, because if they meet with any success something still dreader lurks ahead: a series.

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  • Then he sits on the stairs, rapping with his tail on a board, and his back-aspect was dreader than his front, and a howlet lit in, and screeched at the horns of him.

    Puck of Pook's Hill

  • Then he sits on the stair, rapping with his tail on a board, and his back-aspect was dreader than his front; and a howlet lit in, and screeched at the horns of him.

    Puck of Pook’s Hill

  • But there are worse plagues, deeper griefs, dreader wounds than the physical.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • But, ah! to dreader things than these our fair young city comes,

    In the Days When the World Was Wide and Other Verses

  • But not the words nor even the dreader disdain Move me to anger or resenting pain.

    Henry Ossian Flipper The Colored Cadet at West Point

  • The prisoner bowed her head when the sentence had been pronounced, and then said as she rose, and stretched out her hand to Lord Marnell, who came forward and supported her, "I greatly fear, reverend fathers, that your day is yet to come, when you shall receive sentence from a Court whence there is no appeal, and shall be doomed to a dreader fire!"

    Mistress Margery

  • "God grant this be not the first step of a longer and dreader persecution than we have yet known."

    Robin Tremayne A Story of the Marian Persecution

  • In this sense, hostility is a horror and terror, but in uncertainty and response which forms part of discounting of obscurity, that accompany the first, unwanted cognitive dissonan Hysteria, in its respecting the dreader evil '(Radcliffe: colloquial use, describes a state of mind, 1826).

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