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Definition of dread:

  1. A person highly revered.
  2. An object of terrified apprehension.
  3. Doubt; as, out of dread.
  4. Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful.
  5. Fury; dreadfulness.
  6. Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
  7. Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as, dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.
  8. Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
  9. To be in dread, or great fear.
  10. To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension.

Synonyms:

shocking, formidable, marvel, revere, hardly dare (to) breathe, wonder, funk, fearfulness, arrest, fearsome, spooky, collar, dreaded, ghastly, taking into custody, spine-chilling, horrible, horrifying, reverence, terrible, frightful, dire, venerate, direful, excite, chill, awesome, understanding, dismay, forbidding, affright, upset yourself, consternation, hair-raising, misgiving, agonize, trepidation, chilling, horror, horrific, disquietude, fret, cold feet, terrifying, pinch, eerie, menacing, scary, feelings, amazement, frightening, wonderment, admiration, savvy, discernment, amaze, intimidating, alarming, panic, worry, have a lot on your mind, dreadful, fearful, solicitude, awful, horrendous, catch, astonishment, awe, scare, redoubtable.

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