Dread

Definition of Dread

Pronunciation: drĕd
v. t.1.To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension.
[imp. & p. p. Dreaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Dreading.]
When at length the moment dreaded through so many years came close, the dark cloud passed away from Johnson's mind.
- Macaulay.
v. i.1.To be in dread, or great fear.
Dread not, neither be afraid of them.
- Deut. i. 29.
n.1.Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
The secret dread of divine displeasure.
- Tillotson.
The dread of something after death.
- Shak.
2.Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
The fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon every beast of the earth.
- Gen. ix. 2.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings.
- Shak.
3.An object of terrified apprehension.
4.A person highly revered.
5.Fury; dreadfulness.
6.Doubt; as, out of dread.
a.1.Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful.
A dread eternity! how surely mine.
- Young.
2.Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as, dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.

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