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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread(adj)

    fearful expectation or anticipation

    "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"

  2. awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible(verb)

    causing fear or dread or terror

    "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"

  3. fear, dread(verb)

    be afraid or scared of; be frightened of

    "I fear the winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"


  1. dread(Noun)

    A great fear.

  2. dread(Noun)

    Somebody or something dreaded.

  3. dread(Noun)

    A Rastafarian.

  4. dread(Noun)


  5. dread(Verb)

    To fear greatly.

  6. dread(Verb)

    To anticipate with fear.

    I'm dreading getting the results of the test, as it could decide my whole life.

  7. dread(Adjective)

    Terrible; greatly feared.

  8. dread(Adjective)

    Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.

  9. Origin: dreden, from drædan, aphetic form of adrædan, ondrædan; compare with Dutch ontraden, from and- + rædan. Akin to intratan. More at read.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dread(verb)

    to fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension

  2. Dread(verb)

    to be in dread, or great fear

  3. Dread(noun)

    great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror

  4. Dread(noun)

    reverential or respectful fear; awe

  5. Dread(noun)

    an object of terrified apprehension

  6. Dread(noun)

    a person highly revered

  7. Dread(noun)

    fury; dreadfulness

  8. Dread(noun)

    doubt; as, out of dread

  9. Dread(adj)

    exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful

  10. Dread(adj)

    inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as, dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal

  11. Origin: [AS. drdan, in comp.; akin to OS. drdan, OHG. trtan, both only in comp.]


  1. Dread

    Dread is a live album by Living Colour released only in Japan in 1994. It contains live recordings from the Stain tour, an acoustic radio session and two B-sides. The live recordings were recorded on 7 June 1993 at Le Zenith in Paris, France and at a concert on 24 April 1993 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. The radio session was recorded for a Dutch radio show called Countdown Café in February 1993. Both of the B-sides were recorded during the Stain sessions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dread

    dred, n. fear: awe: the objects that excite fear.—adj. dreaded: inspiring great fear or awe.—v.t. to regard with terror: to regard with reverence.—adjs. Dread′able; Dread′ful, (orig.) full of dread: producing great fear or awe: terrible.—adv. Dread′fully.—n. Dread′fulness.—adj. Dread′less, free from dread: intrepid.—adv. Dread′lessly.—n. Dread′lessness.—adj. Dread′ly (Spens.) dreadful.—ns. Dread′naught, Dread′nought, one who dreads nothing—hence, a garment of thick cloth defending against the weather: the cloth of which it is made.—Penny dreadful, a cheap sensational serial or tale, usually bloody in subject and vulgar in tone. [M. E. dreden—A.S. on-drǽdan, to fear; Ice. ondréda, Old High Ger. in-tratan, to be afraid.]

Anagrams for dread »

  1. dared

  2. adder

  3. readd

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dread in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dread in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of dread in a Sentence

  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

  2. Blaise Pascal:

    The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.

  3. Charlie Brown:

    I've developed a new philosophy... I only dread one day at a time.

  4. Charles M. Schulz:

    I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time.

  5. Fyodor Dostoevski:

    There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.

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  • боязън, страх, страхувам се, опасявам сеBulgarian
  • témerCatalan, Valencian
  • děsit se, mít hrůzu, obávat se, hrozit se, zhrozit se, hrůzaCzech
  • Angst, Furcht, fürchten, befürchtenGerman
  • temer, temorSpanish
  • kauhu, kauhistus, pelätä, pelko, odottaa pelollaFinnish
  • craindre, crainte, redouterFrench
  • uabhas, eagal, oillt, sgrath, uamhannScottish Gaelic
  • भयHindi
  • rettegés, rettegHungarian
  • սարսափ, ահ, սոսկումArmenian
  • timore, temereItalian
  • 恐怖Japanese
  • ಭೀತಿKannada
  • vereor, paveo, timor, metus, pavorLatin
  • whakarikaMāori
  • vrees, doodsangst, gevreesde, schrik hebben, vrezen, bang zijnDutch
  • strachPolish
  • terror, terrível, temor, temerPortuguese
  • frică, sperietoare, teme, teamă, temereRomanian
  • бояться, страх, боязнь, опасатьсяRussian
  • முகாந்தரத்திலும்Tamil
  • భయపడటంTelugu
  • กลัวThai

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