• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dread 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"
    • v dread be afraid or scared of; be frightened of "I fear the winters in Moscow","We should not fear the Communists!"
    • n dread fearful expectation or anticipation "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dread A person highly revered. "Una, his dear dread ."
    • Dread An object of terrified apprehension.
    • Dread Doubt; as, out of dread .
    • Dread Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful. "A dread eternity! how surely mine."
    • Dread Fury; dreadfulness.
    • Dread Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror. "The secret dread of divine displeasure.""The dread of something after death."
    • Dread Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as, dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.
    • Dread Reverential or respectful fear; awe. "The fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon every beast of the earth.""His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
      The attribute to awe and majesty,
      Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings."
    • v. i Dread To be in dread, or great fear. "Dread not, neither be afraid of them."
    • v. t Dread drĕd 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dread To fear in a great degree; be in shrinking apprehension or expectation of: used chiefly with reference to the future: as, to dread death.
    • dread To cause to fear; alarm; frighten.
    • dread To venerate; hold in respectful awe.
    • dread To be in great fear, especially of something which may come to pass.
    • n dread Great fear or apprehension; tremulous anticipation of or repugnance to the happening of something: as, the dread of evil; the dread of suffering; the dread of the divine displeasure.
    • n dread Awe; fear united with respect; terror.
    • n dread A cause or object of apprehension; the person or the thing dreaded.
    • n dread Doubt.
    • dread Dreaded; such as to excite great fear or apprehension; terrible; frightful.
    • dread That is to be dreaded or feared; awful; solemn; venerable: as, dread sovereign; a dread tribunal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dread dred fear: awe: the objects that excite fear
    • adj Dread dreaded: inspiring great fear or awe
    • v.t Dread to regard with terror: to regard with reverence
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  • Thomas Jefferson
    “My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.”
  • Henry Fielding
    “There is nothing a man of good sense dreads in a wife so much as her having more sense than himself.”
  • Mary Mapes Dodge
    Mary Mapes Dodge
    “What a dreadful thing it must be to have a dull father.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The innocent are free from fear, but the guilty always the dread of punishment before their eyes.”
  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    “People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays; men have to work and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world.”
  • Seneca
    “He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. drǣdan, in comp.; akin to OS. drādan, OHG. trātan, both only in comp


In literature:

These last four days since your letter came have been dreadful to me.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Gilbert's home-coming was the nightmare dread that darkened poor Alma's whole horizon.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I wish I hadn't been so dreadful emphatic.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Such a dreadful, dreadful mistake!
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
This is a dreadful war, to make even the hearts of women so bitter!
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
And a terrible spectacle now filled them with superstitious dread.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
I remembered instinctively the dread feeling of loneliness that came over me.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Afterwards there was a dreadful silence.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
He dreaded that she meant to go on and enlarge on his riding tricks.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
She dreaded its dominion as the whipped slave dreads the lash.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
She heard no more for a week, during which a dread of pressing herself on him prevented her from calling on old Mrs. Sandbrook.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
They are divided into two factions, opposed to one another with the most dreadful hatred and animosity.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Phyllis had no dreaded speech ahead of her.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
Of course I flatter him dreadfully.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
It could be nothing so very dreadful after all.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
He dreaded the Church swallowing up his only protector and leaving him defenceless.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
In the darkness he seemed some monster, which in dreadful silence, writhed and fought down a slow road to death.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Her natural reticence made her dread taking even Mary into confidence regarding herself.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
Isn't Oliver dreadful; he moves from the saddle to the whist-table, and back again; and that is all.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
She was dreadfully afraid he might return to harm her.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives

In poetry:

Oh life,
I did not know before
How much I dreaded
Your grip
That strangles
"Suffering" by Millosh Gjergj Nikolla
I am oppressed
By the same stormy influence. Thou knowest
I dread the thunder.
"The Spagnoletto. Act IV" by Emma Lazarus
Oh life,
I did not know before
How much I dreaded
Your grip
That strangles
"Suffering" by Migjeni
And O she staggered down--
O unpitied, slain!
But in her dreadful swoun
There was more than pain!
"The Death-Sprite" by Cale Young Rice
Of my fears too dread revival!
Yet, with tearful joy I see,
Duty is the only rival
Potent over love and me.
"To Henry, Written to a Russian Air" by Amelia Opie
R was a Railway Rug,
Extremely large and warm;
Papa he wrapped it round his head,
In a most dreadful storm.
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear

In news:

Most often we get the dreaded EZ Pass fine in the mail, pay up and move on.
How else to explain the theatrical dread most of us have of boredom.
The dreaded "S" word— saturation —is now a fact of life for the Internet search industry.
Pretend to be asleep children, Savile's coming - how staff dreaded visits.
Dread walking onto a crowded beach.
The dreaded Krispy Kreme (Photo credit: Wikipedia).
Some years ago, artist Dread Scott presented a controversial installation titled "What Is the Proper Way to Display a US Flag".
The heat is on and talk of the dreaded summer sales slump has begun.
It's almost tax time, and soon you'll be filing dreaded IRS forms.
In fact, you might dread the slightest possibility.
And so we're faced with the third Star Wars prequel, Revenge of the Sith , simultaneously the most anticipated and dreaded film of the summer.
A 'Dreadful Day' Unfolds On and Off House Floor.
Back to school – a time both loved and dreaded by children and parents alike.
While many of us dread the short walk from our house to the driveway, she gamely straps on her snowshoes , flicks on her headlamp and braves a 60-minute trek to reach her car.
This is the first column I ever dreaded writing, the only time I can recall experiencing that thing known as writer's block.

In science:

The resulting algorithms avoid the dreaded combinatorial explosion of the double description method; moreover, they offer incremental output and are well-suited to parallelisation, progress tracking and early termination.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
Given the dreadful events of last Tuesday we were all a little distracted.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics
The productivity and pleasure of this workshop is overshadowed by the dreadful loss of our friend and colleague Thomas Binoth, and we dedicate these proceedings to him.
THE TOOLS AND MONTE CARLO WORKING GROUP Summary Report from the Les Houches 2009 Workshop on TeV Colliders
But will it lead us to enlightenment, or to disillusionment and chaos?” In a dramatic way, the strong hint as of late July for the (dreaded by most) ∼ 140 GeV Higgs boson diminished by end of August, and dropped from view by December 13.
Some Unfinished Thoughts on Strong Yukawa Couplings
Clark Barwick, On the Dreaded Right Bousfield Localization , arXiv:0708.3435 [math.
A general context for Goodwillie Calculus
However these fields lead to dreadful infrared problems, e.g. confinement.
Constructive Field Theory and Applications: Perspectives and Open Problems
This is sort of smarter software that will support them in practical pursuits. Artificial intelligence is what practical people everywhere fear and dread. The certainly do not want smarter software that will supplant them in practical pursuits.
Ten Incredibly Dangerous Software Ideas