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synonyms for dreading

  • afraid
  • apprehensive
  • careful
  • concerned
  • distressed
  • fearful
  • fidgety
  • jittery
  • nervous
  • restless
  • scared
  • uneasy
  • uptight
  • aghast
  • antsy
  • basket case
  • bugged
  • butterflies
  • choked
  • clutched
  • disquieted
  • disturbed
  • fretful
  • hacked
  • hyper
  • in a state
  • in a tizzy
  • in suspense
  • jumpy
  • nervy
  • overwrought
  • shaking
  • shaky
  • shivery
  • shook-up
  • shot to pieces
  • solicitous
  • spooked
  • strung-out
  • sweating bullets
  • taut
  • troubled
  • unglued
  • unquiet
  • watchful
  • wired
  • worried sick
  • wreck

antonyms for dreading

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  • bold
  • brave
  • calm
  • collected
  • composed
  • confident
  • cool
  • courageous
  • happy
  • inattentive
  • quiet
  • unafraid
  • unconcerned
  • unfearful
  • unworried
  • assured
  • content
  • indifferent
  • peaceful
  • unwilling
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How to use dreading in a sentence

I spent the last golden days of fall mentally preparing myself to spend winter alone, bundled up in blankets and existential dread.
THIS WEARABLE SLEEPING BAG CURES THE WINTER BLUESKAELYN LYNCHNOVEMBER 30, 2020OUTSIDE ONLINE
I started to dread every time I put the oximeter around my finger, fearing this would be the day that the measurement dropped below 95, the bottom end of “normal,” and Carrie would have to take me to the emergency room.
AS A FOOD WRITER WITH COVID, I WORRIED I’D LOSE MY SENSE OF TASTE. IT TURNED OUT TO BE MUCH WORSE.TIM CARMANNOVEMBER 29, 2020WASHINGTON POST
He tried not to acknowledge Wednesday as the two-year anniversary of his injury and kept noticing, with dread, the rack of throwback jerseys that Washington would wear Sunday that sat all week in the team’s training room.
METHODICAL AND EFFICIENT, ALEX SMITH WINS FIRST START SINCE BEFORE HIS INJURYLES CARPENTERNOVEMBER 23, 2020WASHINGTON POST
There are always holiday naysayers who dread Thanksgiving, loathe “It’s a Wonderful Life” and shout, “Bah, humbug!”
BAH, HUMBUG! PANDEMIC EXACERBATES HOLIDAY BLUESKATHI WOLFENOVEMBER 22, 2020WASHINGTON BLADE
The new Supreme Court term will open on Monday under a cloud of uncertainty — and dread, if you’re a liberal.
7 BIG CASES THE SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR IN ITS NEW TERM, EXPLAINEDIAN MILLHISEROCTOBER 1, 2020VOX
"Yes, yes," cried his lordship impatiently, dreading a repetition of what had occasioned him such intense pain.
THE WORLD BEFORE THEMSUSANNA MOODIE
She guessed what was coming; she had been a good deal afraid of it all the time; it was her only cause of dreading Coronado.
OVERLANDJOHN WILLIAM DE FOREST
It might have been fancied that Nature, dreading his bold spirit, adopted the plan of slowly undermining his bodily power.
TOILERS OF THE SEAVICTOR HUGO
Michael Strogoff could not help smiling at the epithet bestowed on him, dreading spies as he did above all else.
MICHAEL STROGOFFJULES VERNE
Quin had been dreading the question, but when it came he did not evade it.
QUINALICE HEGAN RICE
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