Fear is an emotional response to a perceived threat, usually due to the anticipation of danger. Some emotional states related to fear include alarmed, jittery, anxious (mild fear) and terrified, horrified, and dread (extreme fear).
The paralysing dread one feels before an injection or tooth extraction fires up some of the same brain regions involved in feeling pain itself, say researchers who subjected plucky volunteers to electric shocks. Their discovery supports the idea that distraction could ease a nasty wait.
Are you feeling anxious about your upcoming wedding? Sick to your stomach? Having bad dreams? Does the sight of the dress fill you with dread? Feeling like you may have made a mistake saying “yes” or proposing?
If you answered yes, you are experiencing pre-wedding jitters. This is your subconscious telling you that something is not right and you need to listen to it. It may be that you are nervous about your own ability to be a husband or wife, anxious that your fiancé can’t be the spouse you need or both.
I have a useful and interesting word for you today; it’s the verb “dread”.
The meaning is the opposite of “look forward to”. So when we say we are looking forward to something, it means that we are excited and interested about something we are going to do in the future. Therefore, when we say we are dreading something, it means that the activity is one which we have to do but really don’t want to do. For example:
I have a dental appointment tomorrow, and I’m really dreading it! I hate going to the dentist!
My mother-in-law is coming for a visit during the holiday. I always dread her visits because she doesn’t like me.
My annual work performance evaluation is next week. I’m really dreading it because my boss always gives me extra work to do afterwards.http://englishhelponline.me/2010/12/28/grammatical-word-dread/