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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Example sentences
Always spin your weakness into something positive if they ask that dreaded
  question about your weakness.
The dreaded exams played a major role in grad student culture.
There is, of course, the dreaded pop quiz way of making students read.
The dreaded security lines will get a little shorter for some frequent fliers
  and those willing to pay.
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