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“… communicating his anxiety and dread with …”

meanings of dread


  1. Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
  2. Fury; dreadfulness.
  3. Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
  4. Somebody or something dreaded.
  5. Dreadlock.
  6. A Rastafarian.
  7. A person highly revered.


  1. To anticipate with fear.
  2. To be in dread, or great fear.
  3. To style (the hair) into dreadlocks.
  4. To fear greatly.


  1. Terrible; greatly feared.
  2. Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.

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