Definition of Dread

  • (v. t.) To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension.
  • (v. i.) To be in dread, or great fear.
  • (n.) Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
  • (n.) Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
  • (n.) An object of terrified apprehension.
  • (n.) A person highly revered.
  • (n.) Fury; dreadfulness.
  • (n.) Doubt; as, out of dread.
  • (a.) Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful.
  • (a.) Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as, dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.

Homophones of Dread