1. dread

verb. ['ˈdrɛd'] be afraid or scared of; be frightened of.


  • fear


  • uncover
  • incomprehension


  • dreden (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • drædan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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How do you pronounce dread?

Pronounce dread as drɛd.

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Example sentences of the word dread

1. Verb, base form
Managers who have to tell employee after employee they've been downsized may come to dread their job.

2. Adjective
Scoop out a tiny bit of dread wax on the tip of your pinkie nail.

3. Noun, singular or mass
Repeat teasing and twisting until your hair forms a dread.

4. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
All cats and dogs dread the cone, but these cumbersome collars really are useful during postoperative care.

Quotes containing the word dread

1. During my life I have seen, known, and lost too much to be the prey of vain dread; and, as for the hope of immortality, I am as weary of that as I am of gods and kings. For my own sake only I write this; and herein I differ from all other writers, past and to come.
- Mika Waltari

2. I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.
- Edgar Allan Poe

3. Gentle reader, may you never feel what I then felt! May your eyes never shed such stormy, scalding, heart-wrung tears as poured from mine. May you never appeal to Heaven in prayers so hopeless and so agised as in that hour left my lips: for never may you, like me, dread to be the instrument of evil to what you wholly love.
- Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

2. dread

noun. ['ˈdrɛd'] fearful expectation or anticipation.


  • premonition
  • apprehensiveness
  • somberness
  • foreboding
  • gloominess
  • sombreness
  • pall
  • boding
  • apprehension
  • suspense
  • fright
  • gloom
  • trepidation
  • fear
  • fearfulness
  • presentiment


  • unprophetic
  • cheerfulness
  • recuperate
  • stay


  • dreden (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • drædan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

3. dread

adjective. ['ˈdrɛd'] causing fear or dread or terror.


  • dreadful
  • fearsome
  • terrible
  • frightening
  • dreaded
  • direful
  • fearful
  • alarming
  • dire
  • horrific
  • awful


  • elate
  • heat
  • hotness
  • frivolity


  • dreden (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • drædan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))