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Dread vs Trick - What's the difference?

dread | trick |

As nouns the difference between dread and trick

is that dread is great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror while trick is trick.

As a verb dread

is to fear greatly.

As an adjective dread

is terrible; greatly feared.




(en verb)
  • To fear greatly.
  • To anticipate with fear.
  • I'm dreading getting the results of the test, as it could decide my whole life.
  • * 1877 , (Anna Sewell), (Black Beauty) Chapter 22[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Black_Beauty/22]
  • Day by day, hole by hole our bearing reins were shortened, and instead of looking forward with pleasure to having my harness put on as I used to do, I began to dread it.
  • To be in dread, or great fear.
  • * Bible, Deuteronomy i. 29
  • Dread not, neither be afraid of them.

    Derived terms

    * dreadable * dreadworthy


    (en noun)
  • Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
  • * Tillotson
  • the secret dread of divine displeasure
  • * Shakespeare
  • the dread of something after death
  • * '>citation
  • Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
  • * Bible, Genesis ix 2.
  • The fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon every beast of the earth.
  • * Shakespeare
  • His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, / The attribute to awe and majesty, / Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings.
  • Somebody or something dreaded.
  • (obsolete) A person highly revered.
  • * Spenser
  • Una, his dear dread
  • (obsolete) Fury; dreadfulness.
  • (Spenser)
  • A Rastafarian.
  • (chiefly, in the plural) dreadlock
  • Adjective

  • Terrible; greatly feared.
  • (archaic) Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.
  • *
  • See also

    * dreadlocks * dreadnought


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  • (slang) Stylish or cool.
  • Wow, your new sportscar is so trick .


    (en noun)
  • Something designed to fool or swindle.
  • A single piece (or business) of a magician's (or any variety entertainer's) act.
  • An effective, clever or quick way of doing something.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=Plastics are energy-rich substances, which is why many of them burn so readily. Any organism that could unlock and use that energy would do well in the Anthropocene. Terrestrial bacteria and fungi which can manage this trick are already familiar to experts in the field.}}
  • Mischievous or annoying behavior; a prank.
  • the tricks of boys
  • (dated) A particular habit or manner; a peculiarity; a trait.
  • a trick''' of drumming with the fingers; a '''trick of frowning
  • * William Shakespeare, King Lear act IV, scene VI:
  • The trick of that voice I do well remember.
  • * William Shakespeare,King John Act I, scene I
  • He hath a trick of Cœur de Lion's face.
  • A knot, braid, or plait of hair.
  • (Ben Jonson)
  • (card games) A sequence in which each player plays a card and a winning play is determined.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • On one nice trick depends the general fate.
  • (slang) An act of prostitution. Generally used with turn .
  • (slang) A customer to a prostitute.
  • An entertaining difficult physical action.
  • A daily period of work, especially in shift-based jobs.
  • * 1885 , Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen, The Conductor and Brakeman , page 496:
  • On third trick from 12 m. to 8 am, we have W. A. White, formerly operator at Wallula, who thus far has given general satisfaction.
  • * 1899 , New York (State), Bureau of Statistics, Deptartment of Labor, Annual Report :
  • Woodside Junction—On 8 hour basis, first trick' $60, second '''trick''' $60, third ' trick $50.
  • * 1949 , Labor arbitration reports , page 738:
  • The Union contends that Fifer was entitled to promotion to the position of Group Leader on the third trick in the Core Room Department.
  • (nautical) A sailor's spell of work at the helm, usually two hours long.
  • A toy; a trifle; a plaything.
  • (Shakespeare)


    * (something designed to trick) artifice, con, gambit, ploy, rip-off, See also * (magic trick) illusion, magic trick, sleight of hand * (customer to a prostitute) john, see also * (entertaining difficult physical action) * (daily period of work) shift


    (en verb)
  • To fool; to cause to believe something untrue; to deceive.
  • You tried to trick me when you said that house was underpriced.
  • (heraldry) To draw (as opposed to blazon - to describe in words).
  • * 1600 , Hamlet , , by Shakespeare
  • The rugged Pyrrhus, he whose sable arms, / Black as his purpose, did the night resemble / When he lay couched in the ominous horse, / Hath now this dread and black complexion smear'd / With heraldry more dismal; head to foot / Now is he total gules; horridly trick'd / With blood of fathers, mothers, daughters, sons
  • * Ben Jonson
  • They forget that they are in the statutes: there they are tricked , they and their pedigrees.
  • To dress; to decorate; to adorn fantastically; often followed by up'', ''off'', or ''out .
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Trick her off in air.
  • * John Locke
  • Tricking up their children in fine clothes.
  • * Macaulay
  • They are simple, but majestic, records of the feelings of the poet; as little tricked out for the public eye as his diary would have been.


    * (to fool) con, dupe, fool, gull, have, hoodwink, pull the wool over someone's eyes, rip off * (to trick out) mod * See also

    Derived terms

    * bag of tricks * cheap trick * dirty trick * do the trick * hat trick * how's tricks? * Jedi mind trick * magic trick * politricks * tricker * trickery * trickiness * tricknology * trick out * trick or treat * trick point * trick shot * trickster * tricky * turn a trick, turn tricks