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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!"


  1. dreadnoun

    A great fear.

  2. dreadnoun

    Somebody or something dreaded.

  3. dreadnoun

    A Rastafarian.

  4. dreadnoun


  5. dreadverb

    To fear greatly.

  6. dreadverb

    To anticipate with fear.

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

  7. dreadadjective

    Terrible; greatly feared.

  8. dreadadjective

    Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.

  9. 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

  2. Dreadverb

    to be in dread, or great fear

  3. Dreadnoun

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

  4. Dreadnoun

    reverential or respectful fear; awe

  5. Dreadnoun

    an object of terrified apprehension

  6. Dreadnoun

    a person highly revered

  7. Dreadnoun

    fury; dreadfulness

  8. Dreadnoun

    doubt; as, out of dread

  9. Dreadadjective

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

  10. Dreadadjective

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

  11. Etymology: [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. Mark Karpeles:

    This is probably going to be disappointing for you, but I am not and have never been Dread Pirate Roberts, the investigation reached that conclusion already - this is why I am not the one sitting during the Silk Road trial, and I can only feel defense attorney Joshua Dratel trying everything he can to point the attention away from his client.

  2. Mother Teresa:

    Please choose the way of peace…In the short term there may be winners and losers in this war that we all dread. But that never can, nor never will justify the suffering, pain and loss of life your weapons will cause.

  3. Cherrie Anderson:

    What the video doesn’t show are the invisible things; the sense of dread and anticipation that something terrible is about to happen.

  4. Elizabeth Estrada:

    He is suffering, and we're suffering because we don't understand it, i dread a phone call that something happened to my dad.

  5. Yokie Johnson:

    When we opened for the first time after the flood, it started just dead. And you start to have that sense of dread creep in. Did I do all this, did I sink all this money in, have I started this business and people can't even get here anymore?

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