from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To be in terror of.
- transitive v. To anticipate with alarm, distaste, or reluctance: dreaded the long drive home.
- transitive v. Archaic To hold in awe or reverence.
- intransitive v. To be very afraid.
- n. Profound fear; terror.
- n. Fearful or distasteful anticipation. See Synonyms at fear.
- n. An object of fear, awe, or reverence.
- n. Archaic Awe; reverence.
- adj. Causing terror or fear: a dread disease.
- adj. Inspiring awe: the dread presence of the headmaster.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To fear greatly.
- v. To anticipate with fear.
- n. A great fear.
- n. Somebody or something dreaded.
- n. A Rastafarian.
- n. dreadlock
- adj. Terrible; greatly feared.
- adj. Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension.
- intransitive v. To be in dread, or great fear.
- n. Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
- n. Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
- n. An object of terrified apprehension.
- n. A person highly revered.
- n. Fury; dreadfulness.
- n. Doubt.
- adj. Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful.
- adj. Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fear in a great degree; be in shrinking apprehension or expectation of: used chiefly with reference to the future: as, to dread death.
- To cause to fear; alarm; frighten.
- To venerate; hold in respectful awe.
- To be in great fear, especially of something which may come to pass.
- n. Great fear or apprehension; tremulous anticipation of or repugnance to the happening of something: as, the dread of evil; the dread of suffering; the dread of the divine displeasure.
- n. Awe; fear united with respect; terror.
- n. A cause or object of apprehension; the person or the thing dreaded.
- n. Doubt.
- Dreaded; such as to excite great fear or apprehension; terrible; frightful.
- That is to be dreaded or feared; awful; solemn; venerable: as, dread sovereign; a dread tribunal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. causing fear or dread or terror
- v. be afraid or scared of; be frightened of
- n. fearful expectation or anticipation
This sucks and really waiting in dread is so crushing to a mother.
Our own Hemingway wrote so much grandiose nonsense about this so-called sport that the reader feels a certain dread as the climactic spectacle approaches — a dread heightened by the awareness that Montherlant was a matador in his teenage years.
She could be intensely cold-hearted towards enemies, and her children lived in dread of disappointing her.
Your hours will pass in dread and misery, and soon the bolt will fall which must ravish from you your happiness for ever.
While the seamen, pointing fingers, shrink in dread, and cry, 'Turn back!'
Then the Master, stalking forward where the murderer shrinks in dread,
But just like the unhappy parents, we watched in dread as the majority of voters, cheered on by the mainstream media, went ahead and married him anyway.
We the millions of uninsured Americans & others who cannot afford health insurance might as well go to some other planet or continue to live in dread of getting ill.
Our dread is to guard your poise, and to avoid intruding.
My dread is that the thought police will not be far behind.