What does dread mean?

Definitions for dread
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dread.

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!"

Wiktionary

  1. dread(Noun)

    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. dread(Noun)

    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. dread(Noun)

    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. dread(Noun)

    dreadlock

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

  5. dread(Verb)

    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. dread(Verb)

    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. dread(Adjective)

    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. dread(Adjective)

    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. Dread(verb)

    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. Dread(verb)

    to be in dread, or great fear

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

  3. Dread(noun)

    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. Dread(noun)

    reverential or respectful fear; awe

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

  5. Dread(noun)

    an object of terrified apprehension

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

  6. Dread(noun)

    a person highly revered

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

  7. Dread(noun)

    fury; dreadfulness

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

  8. Dread(noun)

    doubt; as, out of dread

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

  9. Dread(adj)

    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. Dread(adj)

    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. John Thurman:

    I would take the Metro down and we would stop at the Pentagon station, there'd just be this feeling of dread even pulling through the station. The first time I was back in the building, I could still smell that kerosene smell, which was unnerving.

  2. Elizabeth Bowen:

    We have everything to dread from the dispossessed.

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

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

  4. Sanskrit Proverb:

    Those noble men who falsehood dread In wealth and glory ever grow, As flames with greater brightness glow With oil in ceaseless flow when fed.

  5. 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.

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