Definition of dreaded in English:

dreaded

adjective

attributive
  • Regarded with great fear or apprehension.

    ‘the dreaded news came that Joe had been wounded’
    ‘the dreaded fax machine’
    • ‘After the dreaded news today, I kept thinking where do we go from here?’
    • ‘The good news is, the dreaded event is not happening until September.’
    • ‘The marketplace is eerily quiet, as many people are staying away in fear of catching the dreaded bird flu.’
    • ‘Halfway through the meal, he cleared his throat, and I knew that the dreaded news was coming.’
    • ‘However, the news was not the dreaded loss that I had pictured while sitting in classes all day.’
    • ‘The dreaded cut is feared and widely misunderstood.’
    • ‘For several years I was sure that I had it and would die young from the dreaded disease.’
    • ‘What do slobbering dogs have to do with a person's most dreaded fears?’
    • ‘It was obvious that we didn't want to break the ice, fearing that a dreaded secret would be revealed to the other.’
    • ‘Finally, we are warned about ticks and their dreaded Lyme disease.’
    • ‘Only few lucky people get signs of this dreaded disease.’
    • ‘They do so much for the victims of that dreaded disease.’
    • ‘On Monday morning, I stood with Nicholas, outside the dreaded headmaster's office, trembling with fear.’
    • ‘Many smokers fear that by quitting the dreaded weed they will need to tackle another problem - a massive increase in weight.’
    • ‘Here's one dentist who has got his teeth into helping patients conquer their fear of sitting in the dreaded surgery chair.’
    • ‘In ‘The Vulture’ he tells of the dreaded bird building a nest on the highest branch of the tree in front of their house.’
    • ‘I filled out the dreaded unemployment benefits application and sent it in.’
    • ‘Even worse, you have to fill in a dreaded tax return every year - boo!’
    • ‘Even if the man escapes a dreaded sexual disease, there is still the question of character and behavior.’
    • ‘He'd relate his waking up to the birds singing in the tropics, the dreaded mosquitoes, his excursions to the local market.’
    awful, feared, frightening, alarming, terrifying, frightful, terrible, horrible, dreadful, dire

Pronunciation

dreaded

/ˈdrɛdɪd/