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 for dreaded
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dread \Dread\ (dr[e^]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dreaded; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Dreading.] [AS. dr[=ae]dan, in comp.; akin to OS.
     dr[=a]dan, OHG. tr[=a]tan, both only in comp.]
     To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to,
     with terrific apprehension.
     [1913 Webster]
           When at length the moment dreaded through so many years
           came close, the dark cloud passed away from Johnson's
           mind.                                    --Macaulay.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: 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" [syn: awful, dire, direful, dread(a),
             dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome,
             frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible]

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