"dread" in American English
To anticipate with alarm, distaste, or reluctance: We dreaded the long drive home. Profound fear; terror: "the dread of a fire that would end not just my life but everyone else's" Jan Clausen. Fearful or anxious anticipation: the dread of saying something foolish on stage.
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See Synonyms at fear. An instance of fear or fearful anticipation: His dreads about school finally subsided. A source of fear, awe, or reverence: The author's greatest dread is that the book will go unnoticed. A dreadlock: She wears her hair in dreads. Causing terror or fear: a dread disease.
See Usage Note below. Inspiring awe: the dread presence of the headmaster.
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Usage Note: The adjective dread meaning "causing terror or fear" is often supplanted by the participle adjective dreaded. In our survey, 88 percent of the Usage Panel found the use of dreaded acceptable in the sentence After communicating with the enemy, Corporal Adams was labeled with the dreaded epithet "traitor.
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It seems that dreaded is not merely gaining ground as an alternative to dread but actually replacing it as the adjective of choice to mean "causing fear. Switch to new thesaurus.
Literary frightening , terrible , alarming , awful , terrifying , horrible , dreadful , dreaded , dire , frightful the dread phrase 'politically correct'. To be afraid of: fear. Great agitation and anxiety caused by the expectation or the realization of danger: affright , alarm , apprehension , fear , fearfulness , fright , funk , horror , panic , terror , trepidation.
The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring or astounding: amaze , amazement , astonishment , awe , marvel , wonder , wonderment. The name that most Republicans seem both to expect and dread to consider running is Vito Fossella. A few worries, to be sure, but not that cousin of depression and anxiety, dread.
Dread is the feeling I get when something bad seems to be on the way, and I know that there's not a damn thing I can do about it.
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People will testify they were cured of dread diseases when they prayed to Romero. Throughout, they demonstrate a sophisticated appreciation for an artistic quest that was haunted by dread , persecution, and loss. It was a dread to see what was so carefully hidden by that breezy reserve. The thirteen-year-old brow is puckered with anguish, the child-face pale with dread , tear after tear falls from the innocent eyes. There was nothing to detain him in town but the dread of communicating this intelligence to his wife.
They pleaded with her, on bended knees, in the village church, to ward off this dread enemy and to send them protection. She clung to him in an agony of dread lest he should go, and her sobs grew less frequent.