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Definition 1: fearful expectation or anticipation - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where dread or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the student looked around the examination room with apprehension

Synonyms for dread in the sense of this definition

(dread is a kind of ...) an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

(... is a kind of dread ) a feeling of alarm or dread

(... is a kind of dread ) a feeling of evil to come

"a steadily escalating sense of foreboding" "the lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case"

(... is a kind of dread ) apprehension about what is going to happen

(... is a kind of dread ) a feeling of melancholy apprehension

(... is a kind of dread ) a sudden numbing dread

Definition 2: be afraid or scared of; be frightened of - [verb of emotion]

Samples where dread or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I fear the winters in Moscow
  • We should not fear the Communists!

Synonyms for dread in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of dread ) be overcome by a sudden fear

"The students panicked when told that final exams were less than a week away"

Definition 3: causing fear or dread or terror - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dread or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for dread in the sense of this definition

(dread is similar to ...) frightening because of an awareness of danger

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