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dread

adjective

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 of dread alarm (also alarum), apprehensiveness, apprehension, foreboding, misgivingWords Related to dread 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 of dread 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 of dread alarm (also alarum), anxiety, fear, fearfulness, fright, horror, panic, scare, terror, trepidationWords Related to dread phobia; creeps, jitters, nervousness, willies; pang, qualm, twinge; agitation, apprehension, consternation, discomposure, disquiet, funk, perturbation; concern, dismay, worry; cowardice, faintheartedness, timidity, timorousnessNear Antonyms of dread 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 of dread bête noire, black beast, bugaboo, bugbear, bogey, hobgoblin, ogreWords Related to dread 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

Synonym Discussion of dread

fear, dread, fright, alarm, panic, terror, trepidation mean painful agitation in the presence or anticipation of danger. fear is the most general term and implies anxiety and usually loss of courage.
    • fear of the unknown
dread usually adds the idea of intense reluctance to face or meet a person or situation and suggests aversion as well as anxiety.
    • faced the meeting with dread
fright implies the shock of sudden, startling fear.
    • fright at being awakened suddenly
alarm suggests a sudden and intense awareness of immediate danger.
    • view the situation with alarm
panic implies unreasoning and overmastering fear causing hysterical activity.
    • the news caused widespread panic
terror implies the most extreme degree of fear.
    • immobilized with terror
trepidation adds to dread the implications of timidity, trembling, and hesitation.
    • raised the subject with trepidation


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