Difference between Apprehension and Dread

What is the difference between Apprehension and Dread?

Apprehension as a noun is the physical act of seizing or taking hold of; seizure. while Dread as a noun is a great fear.


Part of speech: noun

Definition: The physical act of seizing or taking hold of; seizure. The act of seizing or taking by legal process; arrest. The act of grasping with the intellect; the contemplation of things, without affirming, denying, or passing any judgment; intellection; perception. Opinion; conception; sentiment; idea. The faculty by which ideas are conceived; understanding. Anticipation, mostly of things unfavorable; dread or fear at the prospect of some future ill.

Example sentence: If a person studies too much and exhausts his reflective powers, he will be confused, and will not be able to apprehend even that which had been within the power of his apprehension. For the powers of the body are all alike in this respect.


Part of speech: verb

Definition: To fear greatly.To anticipate with fear.

Part of speech: noun

Definition: A great fear.Somebody or something dreaded.A Rastafarian.

Example sentence: What a folly to dread the thought of throwing away life at once, and yet have no regard to throwing it away by parcels and piecemeal.

We hope you now know whether to use Apprehension or Dread in your sentence.

Also read

Popular Articles