dread dread  /d ˈrɛd/


  1. (n) fearful expectation or anticipation
  2. (v) be afraid or scared of; be frightened of
  3. (adj) causing fear or dread or terror


  1. Columbus boldly sailed through the curtain of fear and superstition that had kept men from trying the dread Atlantic crossing.
  2. We dread entering a hospital room.
  3. The trick of dread movies is to take ordinary events and invest them with the unbeatable combination of must-see and can't-bear-to-look.


  1. NASCAR Sonoma 2013: Matt Kenseth addresses road course struggles

    His lack of success at Sonoma notwithstanding, Kenseth says he doesn't dread turning left and right. He points to his handful of top-10 finishes at the series' other road course, Watkins Glen International, as proof that he can drive well on a track other than an oval.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Philly.com

  2. Hoping to save a tourist town

    A wildfire fueled by wind and dead trees has brought dread to the 400 evacuated residents of a popular mountain tourist enclave in Colorado.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: WKYT Lexington

  3. Don't Fear the Supermoon, NASA Says

    There is no reason for anybody to dread the largest full moon of 2013, known as the "supermoon," a NASA scientist says.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: SPACE.com via Yahoo! News


  1. Mr Obama said: "Over the past several years I've had the honour to call Teddy a colleague, a counsellor and a friend and even though we have known this day was coming for some time now, we awaited it with no small measure of dread."
    on Aug 26, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Belfast Telegraph

  2. Bush called holiday travel "a season of dread for too many Americans."
    on Nov 15, 2007 By: President Bush Source: Guardian Unlimited

  3. "I'm on the verge right now. I approach it always from somewhat a combination of excitement and dread," said Beatty. "I find if I yak too much about it, it gives me a good excuse to put it off. For me, 'right on the verge' can mean decades."
    on Oct 4, 2007 By: Warren Beatty Source: Forbes

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