Dread Dread, n. 1. Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror. [1913 Webster]

The secret dread of divine displeasure. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

The dread of something after death. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Reverential or respectful fear; awe. [1913 Webster]

The fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon every beast of the earth. --Gen. ix. 2. [1913 Webster]

His scepter shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. An object of terrified apprehension. [1913 Webster]

4. A person highly revered. [Obs.] ``Una, his dear dread.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

5. Fury; dreadfulness. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

6. Doubt; as, out of dread. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Syn: Awe; fear; affright; terror; horror; dismay; apprehension. See {Reverence}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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