dread


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dread \Dread\ (dr[e^]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dreaded; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Dreading.] [AS. dr[=ae]dan, in comp.; akin to OS.
   dr[=a]dan, OHG. tr[=a]tan, both only in comp.]
   To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to,
   with terrific apprehension.
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         When at length the moment dreaded through so many years
         came close, the dark cloud passed away from Johnson's
         mind.                                    --Macaulay.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dread \Dread\, a.
   1. Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror;
      frightful; dreadful.
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            A dread eternity! how surely mine.    --Young.
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   2. Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as,
      dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dread \Dread\, v. i.
   To be in dread, or great fear.
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         Dread not, neither be afraid of them.    --Deut. i. 29.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dread \Dread\, n.
   1. Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension
      of danger; anticipatory terror.
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            The secret dread of divine displeasure. --Tillotson.
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            The dread of something after death.   --Shak.
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   2. Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
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            The fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon
            every beast of the earth.             --Gen. ix. 2.
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            His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
            The attribute to awe and majesty,
            Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings.
                                                  --Shak.
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   3. An object of terrified apprehension.
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   4. A person highly revered. [Obs.] "Una, his dear dread."
      --Spenser.
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   5. Fury; dreadfulness. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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   6. Doubt; as, out of dread. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

   Syn: Awe; fear; affright; terror; horror; dismay;
        apprehension. See Reverence.
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