Dreaded - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdredɪd|  American pronunciation of the word dreaded
Brit.  |ˈdrɛdɪd|  British pronunciation of the word dreaded
- this word is a past tense form of the verbto dread
- this word is a past participle form of the verbto dread

adjective

- causing fear or dread or terror(syn: awful, dire, direful, dread, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible)

polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was

Examples

She dreaded making speeches in front of large audiences.

She couldn't put off the dreaded moment forever.

polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was

...all the dreaded, necessitous decisions that one must make when arranging the funeral of a loved one...

...smallpox's characteristic pustules typically resulted in permanent scarring for survivors of the dreaded disease...

Tim dreaded his parents finding out.

He dreaded the prospect of being all alone in that house.

I ached to see that race and those two horses run, ached and dreaded it too.

...in preparation for one of her mother-in-law's dreaded visits, she had GI'd the whole house...

...dreaded spending the holidays with his bonehead relatives...

...dreaded the coming flu season and the attendant flood of school absences...

...dreaded the Augean task of cleaning the bathroom after an overflow of the toilet...

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