What does dread mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apprehension, apprehensiveness, dreadadjective

    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, terribleverb

    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, dreadverb

    be afraid or scared of; be frightened of

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

Wiktionary

  1. dreadnoun

    A great fear.

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

  2. dreadnoun

    Somebody or something dreaded.

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

  3. dreadnoun

    A Rastafarian.

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

  4. dreadnoun

    dreadlock

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

  5. dreadverb

    To fear greatly.

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

  6. dreadverb

    To anticipate with fear.

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

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

  7. dreadadjective

    Terrible; greatly feared.

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

  8. dreadadjective

    Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dreadverb

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

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

  2. Dreadverb

    to be in dread, or great fear

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

  3. Dreadnoun

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

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

  4. Dreadnoun

    reverential or respectful fear; awe

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

  5. Dreadnoun

    an object of terrified apprehension

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

  6. Dreadnoun

    a person highly revered

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

  7. Dreadnoun

    fury; dreadfulness

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

  8. Dreadnoun

    doubt; as, out of dread

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

  9. Dreadadjective

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

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

  10. Dreadadjective

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

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Blaise Pascal:

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

  2. Homer:

    There is nothing more dread and more shameless than a woman who plans such deeds in her heart as the foul deed which she plotted when she contrived her husband's murder.

  3. Joseph Conrad:

    You can t, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity. It is his clear duty. And least of all can you condemn an artist pursuing, however humbly and imperfectly, a creative aim. In that interior world where his thought and his emotions go seeking for the experience of imagined adventures, there are no policemen, no law, no pressure of circumstance or dread of opinion to keep him within bounds. Who then is going to say Nay to his temptations if not his conscience?

  4. Datakon:

    You start the day you think it will play out the way you saw in your head but then you discover the day is mostly just dread It’s not like what I read

  5. Jean Paul:

    Without God there is for mankind no purpose, no goal, no hope, only a wavering future, an eternal dread of every darkness.

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