Origin of dread

1125–75; Middle English dreden (v.), Old English drǣdan, aphetic variant of adrǣdan, ondrǣdan; cognate with Old High German intrātan to fear
SYNONYMS FOR dread
5 See fear.
10 dire, dreadful, horrible.
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dread

/ (drɛd) /

verb (tr)

noun

adjective

literary awesome; awe-inspiring

Word Origin for dread

Old English ondrǣdan; related to Old Saxon antdrādan, Old High German intrātan
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