dread

[dred]
verb (used with object)
1.
to fear greatly; be in extreme apprehension of: to dread death.
2.
to be reluctant to do, meet, or experience: I dread going to big parties.
3.
Archaic. to hold in respectful awe.
verb (used without object)
4.
to be in great fear.
noun
5.
terror or apprehension as to something in the future; great fear.
6.
a person or thing dreaded.
7.
dreads, Informal. dreadlocks.
8.
Informal. a person who wears dreadlocks.
9.
Archaic. deep awe or reverence.
adjective
10.
greatly feared; frightful; terrible.
11.
held in awe or reverential fear.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English dreden (v.), Old English drǣdan, aphetic variant of adrǣdan, ondrǣdan; cognate with Old High German intrātan to fear

dreadable, adjective
dreadness, noun
predread, noun, verb (used with object)
undreaded, adjective
undreading, adjective


5. See fear. 10. dire, dreadful, horrible.


1. welcome.
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dread (drɛd)
 
vb
1.  to anticipate with apprehension or terror
2.  to fear greatly
3.  archaic to be in awe of
 
n
4.  great fear; horror
5.  an object of terror
6.  slang a Rastafarian
7.  archaic deep reverence
 
adj
8.  literary awesome; awe-inspiring
 
[Old English ondrǣdan; related to Old Saxon antdrādan, Old High German intrātan]

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dread
late 12c., from O.E. ondrædan "counsel or advise against," also "fear," from on- "against," second element of uncertain origin; prefix wore off after 12c. Related: Dreaded; dreading.
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dread

a fundamental category of existentialism. According to the 19th-century philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, dread, or angst, is a desire for what one fears and is central to his conception of original sin. For the 20th-century German philosopher Martin Heidegger, anxiety is one of the distinctive ways through which Dasein (the historical person) is disclosed as a contingent being, and thus anxiety is that through which fear first becomes possible

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Example sentences
What made me speak is my dread of the horrible publicity which clings to all this lousiness.
So I'm regarding next week with the utmost dread.
He is ridiculed for his fear of snakes, crocodiles and spiders, and for his dread of the dark forest.
But dread attends the unknown.
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