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Synonyms for dread
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread(adj)

    fearful expectation or anticipation

    "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"

    Synonyms:
    apprehension, pinch, savvy, collar, misgiving, arrest, taking into custody, understanding, catch, apprehensiveness, discernment

    Antonyms:
    unalarming

  2. awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible(verb)

    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"

    Antonyms:
    unalarming

  3. fear, dread(verb)

    be afraid or scared of; be frightened of

    "I fear the winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"

    Synonyms:
    reverence, venerate, fear, revere

    Antonyms:
    unalarming

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. dread

    Alarm, according to its derivation all'arme, "to arms," is an arousing to meet and repel danger, and may be quite consistent with true courage. Affright and fright express sudden fear which, for the time at least, overwhelms courage. The sentinel discovers with alarm the sudden approach of the enemy; the unarmed villagers view it with affright. Apprehension, disquietude, dread, misgiving, and solicitude are in anticipation of danger; consternation, dismay, and terror are overwhelming fear, generally in the actual presence of that which is terrible, though these words also may have an anticipative force. Timidity is a quality, habit, or condition, a readiness to be affected with fear. A person of great timidity is constantly liable to needless alarm and even terror. Compare FEAR.

    Synonyms:
    affright, alarm, apprehension, consternation, dismay, disquietude, fear, fright, misgiving, panic, solicitude, terror, timidity

    Antonyms:
    assurance, calmness, confidence, repose, security

    Preposition:
    Alarm was felt in the camp, among the soldiers, at the news.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. dread(n)

    Synonyms:
    fear, shuddering, terror, horror, alarm, intimidation, apprehension

    Antonyms:
    courage, confidence, welcome, assurance

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. dread(a.)

    Synonyms:
    frightful, terrible, horrible, dreadful

  2. dread(a.)

    Synonyms:
    venerable, awful

  3. dread(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    fear greatly

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. dread(n)

    Synonyms:
    apprehension, fear, awe (reverential fear)

  2. dread(v)

    Synonyms:
    fear, apprehend

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "dread":

    blondie, redoubt, horror, fear, anguish, terror

How to pronounce dread?

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#2824fear
#3635catch
#4148alarm
#4260horror
#5421terror
#7523arrest
#7597collar
#8550panic
#13468savvy
#17127pinch
#19676dread
#24331intimidation
#24843revere
#24955blondie
#27991anguish
#28041reverence
#29576fright
#30578apprehension
#33345dismay
#44038discernment
#60338consternation
#60838timidity
#85991shuddering
#102610solicitude
#108466redoubt
#143836venerate
#187910misgiving
#224580affright
#308383disquietude

How to use dread in a sentence?

  1. Dame Rebecca West:

    Those who foresee the future and recognize it as tragic are often seized by a madness which forces them to commit the very acts which made it certain that what they dread shall happen.

  2. John Locke:

    The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good.

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

    Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

  4. John Owen:

    But this is the second work of the law when it hath by its convictions brought the sinner into a condition of a sense of guilt which he cannot avoid, -- nor will anything tender him relief, which way so ever he lose, for he is in a desert, -- it represents unto him the holiness and severity of God, with his indignation and wrath against sin which have a resemblance of a consuming fire. This fills his heart with dread and terror and makes him see his miserable, undone condition.

  5. John Thurman:

    I would take the Metro down and we would stop at the Pentagon station, there'd just be this feeling of dread even pulling through the station. The first time I was back in the building, I could still smell that kerosene smell, which was unnerving.


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