The dread presence of the headmaster.
An example of dread is someone being panicked with worry about the well-being of a loved one.
An example of a dread is one of Bob Marley's dreadlocks.
The author's greatest dread is that the book will go unnoticed.
She wears her hair in dreads.
An example of dread is not washing or brushing your hair until it is matted and shaped into locks.
An example of dread is a parent being afraid to talk with their pre-teen child about puberty.
The dread of saying something foolish on stage.
His dreads about school finally subsided.
We dreaded the long drive home.
A dread disease.
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Origin of dread
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English dreden, from Old English drǣdan (“to fear, caution against”), aphetic form of ādrǣdan, ondrǣdan (“to advise or counsel against”); compare with Dutch ontraden (“to advise or counsel against”), from and- (“against”) + rǣdan (“to counsel, advise”). Akin to Old High German intrātan (“to fear”). More at read.