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[n] fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"
[v] be afraid or scared of; be frightened of; "I fear the winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"

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\Dread\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dreaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dreading}.] [AS. dr?dan, in comp.; akin to OS. dr[=a]dan, OHG. tr[=a]tan, both only in comp.] To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension. When at length the moment dreaded through so many years came close, the dark cloud passed away from Johnson's mind. --Macaulay.
\Dread\, v. i. To be in dread, or great fear. Dread not, neither be afraid of them. --Deut. i. 2
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\Dread\, n.
1. Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror. The secret dread of divine displeasure. --Tillotson. The dread of something after death. --Shak.
2. Reverential or respectful fear; awe. The fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon every beast of the earth. --Gen. ix.

2. His scepter shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings. --Shak.
3. An object of terrified apprehension.
4. A person highly revered. [Obs.] ``Una, his dear dread.'' --Spenser.
5. Fury; dreadfulness. [Obs.] --Spenser.
6. Doubt; as, out of dread. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Syn: Awe; fear; affright; terror; horror; dismay; apprehension. See {Reverence}.
\Dread\, a.
1. Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful. A dread eternity! how surely mine. --Young.
2. Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as, dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.

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