I. verb Etymology: Middle English dreden, from Old English drǣdan Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to fear greatly b. archaic to regard with awe 2. to feel extreme reluctance to meet or face intransitive verb to be apprehensive or fearful II. noun Date: 13th century 1. a. great fear especially in the face of impending evil b. extreme uneasiness in the face of a disagreeable prospect <
dread of a social blunder
c. archaic awe 2. one causing fear or awe 3. a. dreadlock 1 b. plural dreadlock 2 Synonyms: see fear III. adjective Date: 15th century 1. causing great fear or anxiety 2. inspiring awe

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Dread — Dread, a. 1. Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful. [1913 Webster] A dread eternity! how surely mine. Young. [1913 Webster] 2. Inspiring with reverential fear; awful venerable; as, dread sovereign; dread… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dread — may refer to Dread (fear), a fearful emotion. Angst, a profound and deep seated spiritual condition of insecurity and despair in the free human being in Existentialist thought A short story in horror author Clive Barker s Books of Blood… …   Wikipedia

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  • Dread — Dread, v. i. To be in dread, or great fear. [1913 Webster] Dread not, neither be afraid of them. Deut. i. 29. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dread — [adj] horrible, terrifying alarming, awe inspiring, awful, creepy*, dire, frightening, frightful, shuddersome, terrible; concept 537 Ant. pleasant, pleasing, welcomed, wonderful dread [n] fear affright, alarm, apprehension, aversion, awe, cold… …   New thesaurus

  • Dread — (dr[e^]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dreaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dreading}.] [AS. dr[=ae]dan, in comp.; akin to OS. dr[=a]dan, OHG. tr[=a]tan, both only in comp.] To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dread — (v.) late 12c., aphetic of O.E. adrædan, contraction of ondrædan counsel or advise against, also to dread, fear, be afraid, from on against + rædan to advise (see READ (Cf. read)). Cognate with O.S. andradon, O.H.G. intraten. Related: Dreaded;… …   Etymology dictionary

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