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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): ( n.) An object of terrified apprehension.

(2): ( n.) Doubt; as, out of dread.

(3): ( n.) Fury; dreadfulness.

(4): ( n.) A person highly revered.

(5): ( a.) Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as, dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.

(6): ( n.) Reverential or respectful fear; awe.

(7): ( n.) Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.

(8): ( v. i.) To be in dread, or great fear.

(9): ( v. t.) To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension.

(10): ( a.) Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful.

King James Dictionary [2]

DREAD, n. Dred. L., to dread fearful to tremble. The primary sense is probably to tremble, or to shrink.

1. Great fear, or apprehension of evil or danger. It expresses more than fear, and less than terror or fright. It is an uneasiness or alarm excited by expected pain, loss or other evil. We speak of the dread of evil the dread of suffering the dread of the divine displeasure. It differs from terror also in being less sudden or more continued. 2. Awe fear united with respect. 3. Terror.

Shall not his dread fall on you.  Job 13 .

4. The cause of fear the person or the thing dreaded.

Let him be your dread.  Isaiah 8 .


1. Exciting great fear or apprehension. 2. Terrible frightful. 3. Awful venerable in the highest degree as dread sovereign dread majesty dread tribunal.

DREAD, To fear in a great degree as, to dread the approach of a storm.

DREAD, To be in great fear.

Dread not, neither be afraid of them.  Deuteronomy 1 .

Charles Buck Theological Dictionary [3]

Is a degree of permanent fear, an habitual and painful apprehension of some tremendous event. It keeps the mind in a perpetual alarm, in an eager watchfulness of every circumstance that bears any relation to the evil apprehended.