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Adjective dread has 1 sense
- awful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible - 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"
Antonym: unalarming (indirect, via alarming)
Noun dread has 1 sense
- apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread - fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"
--1 is a kind of fear, fearfulness, fright
--1 has particulars:
Verb dread has 1 sense
- fear, dread - be afraid or scared of; be frightened of; "I fear the winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"
Sam cannot dread Sue