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Dread, adj. 1) awful, terrible: “this d. night,” Lucr. 965. “make his d. trident shake,” Tp. I, 2, 206. “the d. rattling thunder,” V, 44; cf. “Jove's d. clamours,” Oth. III, 3, 356. “that d. penalty,” LLL I, 1, 128; cf. “d. correction,” H4A V, 1, 111, and “sentence of d. banishment,” R2 III, 3, 134. “by your d. Verily,” Wint. I, 2, 55. “how d. an army,” H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. “d. curses,” H6B III, 2, 330. R3 I, 3, 191. “d. Fury,” Tit. V, 2, 82. “d. exploits,” Mcb. IV, 1, 144. Lr. II, 2, 130. “this d. and black complexion,” Hml. II, 2, 477. “the d. summit of this chalky bourn,” Lr. IV, 6, 57.
2) awful, venerable, inspiring with fear and reverence: “d. prince of plackets,” LLL III, 186. “I cannot believe this crack to be in my d. mistress,” Wint. I, 2, 322. “as surely as my soul intends to live with that d. king that took our state upon him,” H6B III, 2, 154. “Henry, our d. liege,” V, 1, 17. “our d. father,” Troil. II, 2, 27. “your d. pleasures,” Hml. II, 2, 28. your d. command, III. 4, 109. Used in addressing princes: “my d. lord,” Meas. V, 371. H5 I, 2, 103. R3 III, 1, 97 (Ff dear). Hml. I, 2, 50 (Ff d. my lord). “d. lord,” H6B III, 2, 243. H6C III, 2, 32. H8 V, 2, 114. H8 V, 2, 114 Per. I, 2, 52. “d. sovereign,” R2 I, 1, 165. H5 I, 2, 97. “d. queen,” Tit. V, 3, 26. Ant. III, 3, 9. “d. Priam,” Troil. II, 2, 10. “most d. liege,” H8 V, 1, 122.
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