Where once there was expectation, thrills, and joy, there is now uncertainty, dread, and fear.
On campus, my fellow students and I absorb these stories with dread.
For another year I fought the dread of my apostasy being discovered.
late 12c., a shortening of Old English adrædan, contraction of ondrædan "counsel or advise against," also "to dread, fear, be afraid," from on- "against" + rædan "to advise" (see read (v.)). Cognate of Old Saxon andradon, Old High German intraten. Related: Dreaded; dreading. As a noun from 12c.