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dread

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of dread

  1. 1 suspicion or fear of future harm or misfortune <the dread felt by people awaiting bad news> Synonyms alarm (also alarum), apprehensiveness, apprehension, foreboding, misgivingRelated Words agitation, anxiety, anxiousness, concern, disquiet, disquietude, distress, disturbance, fearfulness, funk, perturbation, solicitude, suspense, unease, uneasiness; scruple, worry; doubt, incertitude, mistrust, suspiciousness, uncertainty, wariness; defeatism, pessimism; foreknowledge, premonition, presage, presentimentNear Antonyms anticipation, excitement, hope, hopefulness; confidence, optimism, sanguinity

  2. 2 the emotion experienced in the presence or threat of danger <we were filled with dread when we saw the rapids we would be rafting down> Synonyms alarm (also alarum), anxiety, fear, fearfulness, fright, horror, panic, scare, terror, trepidationRelated Words phobia; creeps, jitters, nervousness, willies; pang, qualm, twinge; agitation, apprehension, consternation, discomposure, disquiet, funk, perturbation; concern, dismay, worry; cowardice, faintheartedness, timidity, timorousnessNear Antonyms aplomb, assurance, boldness, confidence, self-assurance, self-confidence; bravery, courage, courageousness, daring, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, fortitude, gallantry, hardihood, intrepidity, intrepidness, stoutness, valor; audacity, guts, nerve

  3. 3 something or someone that causes fear or dread especially without reason <speaking in public is a perennial dread for many people> Synonyms bête noire, black beast, bugaboo, bugbear, bogey, hobgoblin, ogreRelated Words apparition, ghost, phantasm (also fantasm), phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter (or spectre), spirit, spook, wraith; banshee, bogeyman (also bogyman), demon (or daemon), devil, fiend, ghoul, imp, incubus; fright, horrible, horror, monster, monstrosity, terror; bane, curse, enemy, plague, scourge, torment; abomination, anathema





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