Definitions for dread
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word dread.
apprehension, apprehensiveness, dreadadjective
fearful expectation or anticipation
"the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"
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"
be afraid or scared of; be frightened of
"I fear the winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"
A great fear.
Somebody or something dreaded.
To fear greatly.
To anticipate with fear.
I'm dreading getting the results of the test, as it could decide my whole life.
Terrible; greatly feared.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: dræd, Saxon.
That e’er this tongue of mine,
That laid the sentence of dread banishment
On yond’ proud man, should take it off again
With words of sooth! William Shakespeare, Richard II.
It cannot be, but thou hast murther’d him:
So should a murtherer look, so dread, so grim. William Shakespeare.
To be expos’d against the warring winds?
To stand against the deep dread bolted thunder. William Shakespeare.
Be sure, and terrour, seiz’d the rebel host,
When, coming towards them, so dread they saw
The bottom of the mountains upward turn’d. John Milton, P. Lost.
Thou, attended gloriously from heav’n,
Shalt in the sky appear, and from thee send
The summoning archangels to proclaim
Thy dread tribunal. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iii. l. 323.
From this descent
Celestial virtues rising, will appear
More glorious and more dread than from no fall. John Milton.
Etymology: drad, Saxon.
Think’st thou that duty shall have dread to speak,
When pow’r to flatt’ry bows? To plainness honour
Is bound, when majesty to folly falls. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
But was ever any wicked man free from the stings of a guilty conscience, from the secret dread of divine displeasure, and of the vengeance of another world? John Tillotson, Serm. 4.
If our fears can be awakened with the dread of evil, he has armed his laws with the terrour of eternal misery. John Rogers.
The fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon every beast of the earth. Gen. ix. 2.
To thee, of all our good the sacred spring;
To thee, our dearest dread; to thee, our softer king. Matthew Prior.
To fear in an excessive degree.
Etymology: from the noun.
You may despise that which terrifies others, and which yet all, even those who most dread it, must in a little time encounter. William Wake.
To be in fear.
Dread not, neither be afraid of them. Deut. i. 8.
Dread is a strong feeling of fear or apprehension about something that may happen in the future. It's often associated with anxiety or alarm related to anticipating or expecting a negative, unpleasant, or dangerous event or situation. This emotion can be both short-term, such as fear of an upcoming exam or long-term, like worrying about a potential health issue.
to fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension
to be in dread, or great fear
great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror
reverential or respectful fear; awe
an object of terrified apprehension
a person highly revered
doubt; as, out of dread
exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful
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.]
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
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.]
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dread is ranked #133048 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Dread surname appeared 127 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Dread.
86.6% or 110 total occurrences were Black.
6.3% or 8 total occurrences were White.
4.7% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
The numerical value of dread in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of dread in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
I've developed a new philosophy... I only dread one day at a time.
O, now, for ever Farewell the tranquil mind farewell content Farewell the plumed troop and the big wars That make ambition virtue O, farewell Farewell the neighing steed and the shrill trump, The spirit-stirring drum, the ear-piercing fife, The royal banner, and all quality, Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war And, O you mortal engines, whose rude throats The immortal Jove's dread clamours counterfeit, Farewell Othello's occupation's gone
The vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have always been devided as fools and madmen.
Sometimes I dread the truth of the lines I say. But the dread must never show.
Listen to your body and the message it’s sending. Make sure you’re thinking of running as something you want to do, not something you dread. Embrace it and remember how lucky you are to be out there.
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Translations for dread
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- боязън, опасявам се, страхувам се, страхBulgarian
- témerCatalan, Valencian
- hrůza, děsit se, hrozit se, mít hrůzu, zhrozit se, obávat seCzech
- befürchten, Furcht, fürchten, AngstGerman
- temor, temerSpanish
- pelko, odottaa pelolla, kauhu, kauhistus, pelätäFinnish
- craindre, crainte, redouterFrench
- uabhas, eagal, uamhann, sgrath, oilltScottish Gaelic
- rettegés, rettegHungarian
- սարսափ, ահ, սոսկումArmenian
- temere, timoreItalian
- timor, metus, pavor, paveo, vereorLatin
- vrees, schrik hebben, doodsangst, bang zijn, vrezen, gevreesdeDutch
- temer, terror, terrível, temorPortuguese
- sperietoare, temere, frică, teamă, temeRomanian
- бояться, опасаться, боязнь, страхRussian
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