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dread

[dred] /drɛd/
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.w.
9.
Archaic. deep awe or reverence.
adjective
10.
greatly feared; frightful; terrible.
11.
held in awe or reverential fear.
Origin of dread
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English dreden (v.), Old English drǣdan, aphetic variant of adrǣdan, ondrǣdan; cognate with Old High German intrātan to fear
Related forms
dreadable, adjective
dreadness, noun
predread, noun, verb (used with object)
undreaded, adjective
undreading, adjective
Synonyms
5. See fear. 10. dire, dreadful, horrible.
Antonyms
1. welcome.
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Examples from the Web for dreaded
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  • We have dreaded men too much, and God too little, in the course we have taken.

    Ruth Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • But his hopes were dashed, for suddenly there came the dreaded warning shot.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • It is not only to the most dreaded diseases that he has applied the germ theory.

    Louis Pasteur Ren Vallery-Radot
  • Now they dreaded lest their host should show himself a little mad, after all.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • She had dreaded with an almost fantastic alarm this meeting.

    The Duchess of Wrexe Hugh Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for dreaded

dread

/drɛd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to anticipate with apprehension or terror
2.
to fear greatly
3.
(archaic) to be in awe of
noun
4.
great fear; horror
5.
an object of terror
6.
(slang) a Rastafarian
7.
(archaic) deep reverence
adjective
8.
(literary) awesome; awe-inspiring
Word Origin
Old English ondrǣdan; related to Old Saxon antdrādan, Old High German intrātan
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Word Origin and History for dreaded

dread

v.

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.

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