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DREAD, n. Dred. [L., to dread; fearful; to tremble. The primary sense is probably to tremble, or to shrink.]

1. Great fear, or apprehension of evil or danger. It expresses more than fear, and less than terror or fright. It is an uneasiness or alarm excited by expected pain, loss or other evil. We speak of the dread of evil; the dread of suffering; the dread of the divine displeasure. It differs from terror also in being less sudden or more continued.

2. Awe; fear united with respect.

3. Terror.

Shall not his dread fall on you. Job 13.

4. The cause of fear; the person or the thing dreaded.

Let him be your dread. Isaiah 8.

DREAD, a.

1. Exciting great fear or apprehension.

2. Terrible; frightful.

3. Awful; venerable in the highest degree; as dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.

DREAD, v.t. To fear in a great degree; as, to dread the approach of a storm.

DREAD, v.i. To be in great fear.

Dread not, neither be afraid of them. Deuteronomy 1.



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DREAD, n. Dred. [L., to dread; fearful; to tremble. The primary sense is probably to tremble, or to shrink.]

1. Great fear, or apprehension of evil or danger. It expresses more than fear, and less than terror or fright. It is an uneasiness or alarm excited by expected pain, loss or other evil. We speak of the dread of evil; the dread of suffering; the dread of the divine displeasure. It differs from terror also in being less sudden or more continued.

2. Awe; fear united with respect.

3. Terror.

Shall not his dread fall on you. Job 13.

4. The cause of fear; the person or the thing dreaded.

Let him be your dread. Isaiah 8.

DREAD, a.

1. Exciting great fear or apprehension.

2. Terrible; frightful.

3. Awful; venerable in the highest degree; as dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.

DREAD, v.t. To fear in a great degree; as, to dread the approach of a storm.

DREAD, v.i. To be in great fear.

Dread not, neither be afraid of them. Deuteronomy 1.

DREAD, a.

  1. Exciting great fear or apprehension. – Shak.
  2. Terrible; frightful. – Shak.
  3. Awful; venerable in the highest degree; as, dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.

DREAD, n. [dred; Sax. dræd. Qu. from the root of the L. terreo, or that of Sw. rädd, fearful, rädas, to dread, Dan. ræd, fearful, Sp. arredrar, to terrify, or Ir. cratham, to tremble. If d is a prefix, see Class Rd, No. 14, 19, 22, 25, 60, 78. The primary sense is probably to tremble, or to shrink.]

  1. Great fear, or apprehension of evil or danger. It expresses more than fear, and less than terror or fright. It is an uneasiness or alarm excited by expected pain, loss or other evil. We speak of the dread of evil; the dread of suffering; the dread of the divine displeasure. It differs from terror also in being less sudden or more continued.
  2. Awe; fear united with respect.
  3. Terror. Shall not his dread fall on you? – Job xiii.
  4. The cause of fear; the person or the thing dreaded. Let him be your dread. – Is. viii.

DREAD, v.t.

To fear in a great degree; as, to dread the approach of a storm.


DREAD, v.t.

To be in great fear. Dread not, neither be afraid of them. – Deut i.


Dread
  1. 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. Macaulay.

  2. To be in dread, or great fear.

    Dread not, neither be afraid of them. Deut. i. 29.

  3. 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.

  4. Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful.

    A dread eternity! how surely mine. Young.

  5. 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.

  6. Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as, dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.
  7. An object of terrified apprehension.
  8. A person highly revered.

    [Obs.] "Una, his dear dread." Spenser.
  9. Fury; dreadfulness.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  10. Doubt; as, out of dread.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.

    Syn. -- Awe; fear; affright; terror; horror; dismay; apprehension. See Reverence.

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Dread

DREAD, noun Dred. [Latin , to dread; fearful; to tremble. The primary sense is probably to tremble, or to shrink.]

1. Great fear, or apprehension of evil or danger. It expresses more than fear, and less than terror or fright. It is an uneasiness or alarm excited by expected pain, loss or other evil. We speak of the dread of evil; the dread of suffering; the dread of the divine displeasure. It differs from terror also in being less sudden or more continued.

2. Awe; fear united with respect.

3. Terror.

Shall not his dread fall on you. Job 13:11.

4. The cause of fear; the person or the thing dreaded.

Let him be your dread Isaiah 8:13.

DREAD, adjective

1. Exciting great fear or apprehension.

2. Terrible; frightful.

3. Awful; venerable in the highest degree; as dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.

DREAD, verb transitive To fear in a great degree; as, to dread the approach of a storm.

DREAD, verb intransitive To be in great fear.

DREAD not, neither be afraid of them. Deuteronomy 1:29.

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