Dread v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dreaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Dreading.] To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension.
When at length the moment dreaded through so many years came close, the dark cloud passed away from Johnson's mind. --Macaulay.
Dread, v. i. To be in dread, or great fear.
Dread not, neither be afraid of them. --Deut. i. 29.
1. Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
The secret dread of divine displeasure. --Tillotson.
The dread of something after death. --Shak.
2. Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
The fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon every beast of the earth. --Gen. ix. 2.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings. --Shak.
3. An object of terrified apprehension.
4. A person highly revered. [Obs.] “Una, his dear dread.”
5. Fury; dreadfulness. [Obs.]
6. Doubt; as, out of dread. [Obs.]
Syn: -- Awe; fear; affright; terror; horror; dismay; apprehension. See Reverence.
1. Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful.
A dread eternity! how surely mine. --Young.
2. Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as, dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.
adj : 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" [syn: awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded,
dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous,
n : fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked
around the examination room with apprehension" [syn: apprehension,
v : be afraid or scared of; be frightened of; "I fear the
winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"