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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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  • In dealing with your daily dreads you simply counted God out.

  • A chimney was standing, and I must have clung to it with all my strength, like an animal that dreads death.

    The Flood Emile Zola
  • She dreads—she 's not so wrong there—she dreads leaving everything in my power.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
  • "And thus he dreads and hates you," said she, fixing her dark eyes sternly on me.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • Let him not insult her by the doubt that she dreads poverty or long delay.

    Olive Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • She dreads a mistake, and is afraid that in speaking too quickly she may speak untruly.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford
  • Of all criticisms, the one he most dreads is, "I told you so."

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
British Dictionary definitions for dreads

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 dreads
n.

see dreadlocks.

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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