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From Middle English dreden, from Old English drǣdan (“to fear, dread”), aphetic form of ondrǣdan (“to fear, dread”), from Proto-West Germanic *andarādan (“to fear”); corresponding to an aphesis of earlier adread.
- (transitive) To fear greatly.
- To anticipate with fear.
- I'm dreading getting the results of the test, as it could decide my whole life.
- (intransitive) To be in dread, or great fear.
- (transitive) To style (the hair) into dreadlocks.
to fear greatly
to anticipate with fear
- Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
- my visit to the doctor is filling me with dread
- a. 1694, John Tillotson, The Advantages of Religion to particular Persons
- the secret dread of divine displeasure
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i]:
- the dread of something after death
- 2014 April 12, Michael Inwood, “Martin Heidegger: the philosopher who fell for Hitler [print version: Hitler's philosopher]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review), London, page R11:
- In 1928 [Martin] Heidegger succeeded [Edmund] Husserl to take a chair at Freiburg and in his inaugural lecture made a pronouncement that earned him a reputation as an archetypal metaphysician with his claim that our awareness of people as a whole depends on our experience of dread in the face of nothingness.
- Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Genesis 9:2:
- The fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon every beast of the earth.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:
- His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, / The attribute to awe and majesty, / Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings.
- Somebody or something dreaded.
- (obsolete) A person highly revered.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, Faerie Queene
- Una, his dear dread
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, Faerie Queene
- (obsolete) Fury; dreadfulness.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
- A Rastafarian.
- (chiefly in the plural) dreadlock
- 2006, Earl Stevens, Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels (lyrics), Lil Jon (music), “Tell Me When To Go”, in My Ghetto Report Card:
- Jesus Christ had dreads / So shake 'em / I ain't got none / But I'm planning on growing some.
great fear in view of impending evil
somebody or something dreaded
- Terrible; greatly feared.
- 1879, Arthur Sullivan, 'The Pirates of Penzance', Gilbert & Sullivan:
- With cat-like tread / Upon our prey we steal / In silence dread / Our cautious way we feel
- (archaic) Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.
- 1633, John Hay, editor, The Acts Made in the First Parliament of our Most High and Dread Soveraigne Charles, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britaine, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c.: Holden by Himselfe, Present in Person, with His Three Estates, at Edinburgh, upon the Twentie Eight Day of Iune, Anno Domini 1633, Edinburgh: Printed by Robert Young, printer to the Kings most excellent Maiestie, OCLC 606535094:
- The acts made in the first Parliament of our most high and dread soveraigne Charles [I], by the grace of God, King of Great Britaine, France, and Ireland, defender of the faith, &c. […] [book title]
dread m (plural dreads)
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