dread

Part of speech: verb

To anticipate fearfully.

Part of speech: adjective

Causing great fear; terrible.

Part of speech: adjective

Exciting awe or reverence.

Part of speech: noun

Shrinking horror; terrifying anticipation.

Part of speech: noun

Fear with respect; awe.

Part of speech: noun

That which causes awe or fear.

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Usage examples "dread":

  1. Keen was her dread of what might be. - "Lonesome Town", Ethel and James Dorrance.
  2. In a horrible dread I called out John's name- but nothing answered. - "John Halifax, Gentleman", Dinah Maria Mulock Craik.
  3. Not that he had yet guessed how Vincent stood to Audrey; he had simply a nervous dread of hearing him talk about her. - "Audrey Craven", May Sinclair.