Definitions of dread

  1.   To anticipate fearfully.
  2.   be afraid or scared of; be frightened of; " I fear the winters in Moscow"; " We should not fear the Communists!"
  3.   Causing great fear; terrible.
  4.   To fear in a great degree; to fear with awe.
  5.   Shrinking horror; terrifying anticipation.
  6.   Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
  7.   ( Pr. Bk.) To fear with reverence: to regard with terror.
  8.   fearful expectation or anticipation; " the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"
  9.   To be in dread, or great fear.
  10.   Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
  11.   Awful; solemn.
  12.   To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension.
  13.   To fear greatly.
  14.   Doubt; as, out of dread.
  15.   Fear: awe: the objects that excite fear.
  16.   That which causes awe or fear.
  17.   To fear greatly; to look forward to with fear.
  18.   Fear with respect; awe.
  19.   Exciting great fear or awe.
  20.   Fury; dreadfulness.
  21.   Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful.
  22.   To fear greatly, to apprehend. 2. An extreme fear or apprehension.
  23.   Great fear in the apprehension of evil or danger; terror; awe; the cause of fear; the person or thing dreaded.
  24.   Exciting awe or reverence.
  25.   To be in great fear.
  26.   Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as, dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.
  27.   Great fear; apprehension of evil or danger; fear united with awe; the person or thing feared.
  28.   Exciting fear; venerable in a very high degree; awful; terrible.
  29.   Fear mingled with respect and affection.
  30.   To fear greatly; to be in great fear.
  31.   A person highly revered.
  32.   Inspiring fear.
  33.   Exciting great fear; terrible; inspiring awe.
  34.   Great fear; awe.
  35.   An object of terrified apprehension.
  36.   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"

Quotes of dread

  1. Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it. – Marcus Aurelius
  2. The grave, dread thing! Men shiver when thou'rt named: Nature appalled, Shakes off her wonted firmness. – Robert Blair
  3. The law serves of nought else in these days but for to do wrong, for nothing is spread almost but false matters by color of the law for reward, dread and favor and so no remedy is had in the Court of Equity in any way. – Jack Cade
  4. The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen. – Aldous Huxley
  5. Dread of night. Dread of not -night. – Franz Kafka
  6. Teach me to live, that I may dread The grave as little as my bed. – Thomas Ken
  7. I have always had a dread of becoming a passenger in life. – Princess Margaret
  8. I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws. They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print. – John Mortimer
  9. As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation. – Hans Selye
  10. My aim then was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. – William Tecumseh Sherman
  11. He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure. The dread of censure is the death of genius. – William Gilmore Simms
  12. If I know that I shall be as an angel, and more; if I shall behold all God has made; if he shall own me for his son and exalt me to honor in his presence, I shall not fear to die, nor shall I dread the grave where Christ once lay. – Matthew Simpson
  13. Every child senses, with all the horse sense that's in him, that any parent is angry inside when children misbehave and they dread more the anger that is rarely or never expressed openly, wondering how awful it might be. – Benjamin Spock
  14. In addition to the dread of Indians, Texas held out no inducements for Mexican emigrants. – William H. Wharton
  15. Nor dread nor hope attend a dying animal; a man awaits his end dreading and hoping all. – William Butler Yeats

Usage examples for dread

  1. They are the book clerk's dread – Walking-Stick Papers by Robert Cortes Holliday
  2. And for the risk- Barbara, I dread it not. ” – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  3. “ " It is the getting used to it, that I dread sighed Dimple; " that has to come first." ” – A Sweet Little Maid by Amy E. Blanchard
  4. Child, you have nothing else on earth to dread – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  5. But I dread that cave. ” – The Billow and the Rock by Harriet Martineau
  6. With dread in my heart I uttered a loud call, but there came no response. ” – My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick A. Cook
  7. “ I haven't seen him for ages, but I live in dread of seeing him every day. ” – Audrey Craven by May Sinclair
  8. Unless you've done such work as mine, you canna know how I dread missing a performance. ” – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  9. She had as great a dread of the air as some children have of the water. ” – The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories by George MacDonald
  10. And quick work was done by the dread disease. ” – Quiet Talks on Service by S. D. Gordon
  11. My heart was sick with dread – A Monk of Cruta by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  12. “ " Yes," cried Arthur, making an effort to master his dread – Menhardoc by George Manville Fenn
  13. “ Hedrick had a dread that his father might speak to him; he was in no condition for light conversation. ” – The Flirt by Booth Tarkington
  14. She had not left the lower step of the front stairs, but caught my hands as though the darkness, the dread uncertainty, had robbed her of all reserve. ” – Love Under Fire by Randall Parrish
  15. He has a dread of home. ” – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
  16. There was a lingering dread in her voice as if she wanted to be assured of the truth of what she herself had declared, and as if she feared the worst to be confirmed. ” – Caught in a Trap by John C. Hutcheson
  17. “ I dread the effect on his health. ” – The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2) by Florence A. Thomas Marshall
  18. He filled her with dread and at the same time he attracted her. ” – The Eight Strokes of the Clock by Maurice Le Blanc
  19. She saw with fresh dread that Philip was still a Catholic. ” – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett
  20. He shuddered with dread day and night. ” – By Veldt and Kopje by William Charles Scully

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