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Causing terror or fear: a dreaded disease. See Usage Note at dread.
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Adj.1.dreaded - causing fear or dread or terrordreaded - causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
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Amy being gone, Laurie was her only refuge, and much as she enjoyed his society, she rather dreaded him just then, for he was an incorrigible tease, and she feared he would coax the secret from her.
The man sat up wonderingly--hardly able to believe that he had been saved from the dreaded "tigre.
No longer dreaded by her enemies, her servants were fast losing the confidence of self-respect.
The healthiest glow that Hepzibah had known for years had come now in the dreaded crisis, when, for the first time, she had put forth her hand to help herself.
It was plain enough to discern that the old fellows dreaded some such discourtesy at my hands.
I suppose I had expected, or had dreaded, something so melancholy that what greeted me was a good surprise.
That Himmalehan, salt-sea Mastodon, clothed with such portentousness of unconscious power, that his very panics are more to be dreaded than his most fearless and malicious assaults
Here now's the very dreaded symbol of grim death, by a mere hap, made the expressive sign of the help and hope of most endangered life.
Jurgis drew a deep breath; but then he noticed that she was sobbing and trembling--as if in one of those nervous crises that he dreaded so.
He had sold Tom under the spur of a driving necessity, to get out of the power of a man whom he dreaded,--and his first feeling, after the consummation of the bargain, had been that of relief.
The shipper in the little ship It effects with woe sad might; He does not see the rocky slip, He only regards dreaded height.
He dreaded his meals; the "nigger" in him was ashamed to sit at the white folk's table, and feared discovery all the time; and once when Judge Driscoll said, "What's the matter with you?