AskDefine | Define dread

Dictionary Definition

dread adj : 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" [syn: awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible] n : fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension" [syn: apprehension, apprehensiveness] v : be afraid or scared of; be frightened of; "I fear the winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!" [syn: fear]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A great fear.
  2. Somebody or something dreaded.
  3. A Rastafarian.


great fear
somebody or something dreaded

See also


  1. To fear greatly.
  2. To anticipate with fear.


to fear greatly
to anticipate with fear


Extensive Definition

Dread may refer to:
  • Extreme fear
  • Angst, a profound and deep-seated spiritual condition of insecurity and despair in the free human being in Existentialist thought
  • A short story in horror author Clive Barker's Books of Blood collection, or the comic-book or stage adaptation of same
  • Dreadlocks, a hairstyle
  • Dread, an ENnie-award winning horror role-playing game, published by The Impossible Dream, which utilizes a Jenga tower as its main game mechanic.
  • Dread: The First Book of Pandemonium, a different independently published modern-horror role-playing game
  • DREAD: Risk assessment model, a model for assessing computer security risks; acronym for Damage potential, Reproducibility, Exploitability, Affected users, and Discoverability
dread in German: Dread

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abject fear, affright, agitation, alarm, all-overs, angst, anguish, anticipate, anticipation, anxiety, anxiety hysteria, anxiety neurosis, anxious bench, anxious concern, anxious seat, anxiousness, appalling, apprehend, apprehension, apprehensiveness, astounding, aversion, awe, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, be afraid, blue funk, boredom, cankerworm of care, care, cheerlessness, cliff-hanging, cold feet, concern, concernment, consternation, contemplate, cowardice, dire, direful, discomfort, discomposure, discontent, dislike, dismay, displeasure, disquiet, disquietude, dissatisfaction, distress, disturbance, dreaded, dreadful, dullness, emptiness, ennui, envisage, existential woe, expect, expectant waiting, eye askance, face, fear, feared, fearfulness, fell, flatness, flinch, foreboding, forebodingness, foresee, formidable, fright, funk, ghastly, ghoulish, grim, grimness, grisly, gruesome, have in mind, have qualms, hideous, hope, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrific, horrification, horrifying, horror, inquietude, joylessness, lack of pleasure, macabre, malaise, misgive, misgiving, morbid, nausea, nervous strain, nervous tension, nervousness, nongratification, nonsatisfaction, overanxiety, painfulness, panic, panic fear, perturbation, pessimism, phobia, pins and needles, presume, pucker, qualm, queasiness, redoubtable, savorlessness, scare, schrecklich, shocking, shrink from, sit upon thorns, solicitude, spleen, staleness, stampede, stand aghast, stew, strain, suspense, take for granted, tastelessness, tediousness, tedium, tension, terrible, terrific, terrifying, terror, the heebie-jeebies, think, tremendous, trepidation, trepidity, trouble, uncertainty, uncomfortableness, unease, uneasiness, unhappiness, unholy dread, unpleasure, unquietness, unsatisfaction, upset, vexation, vexation of spirit, waiting, worry, zeal
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