[ UK /dɹˈɛdɪd/ ]
[ US /ˈdɹɛdɪd/ ]
  1. causing fear or dread or terror
    the awful war
    a fearful howling
    the dread presence of the headmaster
    dire news
    a terrible curse
    an awful risk
    a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked
    horrendous explosions shook the city
    a dreadful storm
    polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was
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How To Use dreaded In A Sentence

  • He infected mice and rabbits with Trypanosoma gondii, the parasite responsible for the dreaded sleeping sickness, then injected the animals with chemical derivatives to determine if any of them could halt the infection. The Emperor of All Maladies
  • The Truth is, I had heard so ill a Character of the Town Amours, as being all Libertinism, and more especially the Inns of Court, that I dreaded to launch on so dangerous a Sea; thinking each The Amours of Bosvil and Galesia
  • Of course, she stepped on it, it made the dreaded 'crinkly' noise and she jerked-- her head catching in the loop of the bag. poursuivre - French Word-A-Day
  • While some looked forward to that first wild week, just as many dreaded it. Times, Sunday Times
  • For the sizeable minority still remaining, this question is dreaded. Times, Sunday Times
  • This marks a sad pass for a brand name that, while dreaded by many parents, spelled excitement to a generation of kids.
  • polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was
  • The violence of the past-specifically, the dreaded practice of necklacing, which mingled the smell of rubber with the ‘sickly stench of roasting human flesh’ has been eliminated.
  • he dreaded the storminess of the North Atlantic in winter
  • Likewise, we've endured the ever-dreaded swimsuit competition and the nerve-racking interview segment, in which at least one contestant routinely flops.
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