Definitions of dread

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

Usage examples for dread

  1. 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
  2. " 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
  3. He has a dread of home. – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Hedrick had a dread that his father might speak to him; he was in no condition for light conversation. – The Flirt by Booth Tarkington
  7. He shuddered with dread day and night. – By Veldt and Kopje by William Charles Scully
  8. With dread in my heart I uttered a loud call, but there came no response. – My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick A. Cook
  9. 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
  10. And for the risk- Barbara, I dread it not. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  11. And quick work was done by the dread disease. – Quiet Talks on Service by S. D. Gordon
  12. But I dread that cave. – The Billow and the Rock by Harriet Martineau
  13. They are the book clerk's dread. – Walking-Stick Papers by Robert Cortes Holliday
  14. " Yes," cried Arthur, making an effort to master his dread. – Menhardoc by George Manville Fenn
  15. My heart was sick with dread. – A Monk of Cruta by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  16. She saw with fresh dread that Philip was still a Catholic. – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett
  17. I haven't seen him for ages, but I live in dread of seeing him every day. – Audrey Craven by May Sinclair
  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. Child, you have nothing else on earth to dread. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  20. I dread the effect on his health. – The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2) by Florence A. Thomas Marshall