dread (v.)

late 12c., "to fear very much, be in shrinking apprehension or expectation of," a shortening of Old English adrædan, contraction of ondrædan "counsel or advise against," also "to dread, fear, be afraid," from ond-, and- "against" (the same first element in answer, from PIE root *ant-) + rædan "to advise" (from PIE root *re- "to reason, count"). Cognate of Old Saxon andradon, Old High German intraten. Related: Dreaded; dreading.

As a noun from c. 1200, "great fear or apprehension; cause or object of apprehension." As a past-participle adjective (from the former strong past participle), "dreaded, frightful," c.1400; later "held in awe" (early 15c.).

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Definitions of dread from WordNet
dread (v.)
be afraid or scared of; be frightened of;
Synonyms: fear
dread (n.)
fearful expectation or anticipation;
Synonyms: apprehension / apprehensiveness
dread (adj.)
causing fear or dread or terror;
the dread presence of the headmaster
polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was
Synonyms: awful / dire / direful / dreaded / dreadful / fearful / fearsome / frightening / horrendous / horrific / terrible