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dread

noun [U]     /dred/
a strong feeling of fear or worry: The prospect of working full-time fills me with dread. I live in dread of bumping into her in the street.Fear and phobiasAnxiety and worry - general words dread     adjective [before noun] formal The dread spectre of civil war looms over the country.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad dreaded     /ˈdred.ɪd/ adjective [before noun] humorous My dreaded cousin is coming to stay!Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
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