dread noun definition in Nervous topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

dread

 noun: Nervous topic
[uncountable, countable, usually singular] a feeling of great fear about something that might or will happen in the future; a thing that causes this feeling The prospect of growing old fills me with dread. She has an irrational dread of hospitals. The committee members live in dread of (= are always worried about) anything that may cause a scandal. My greatest dread is that my parents will find out.