Quick answer
"Fear" is a noun which is often translated as "el miedo", and "dread" is a noun which is often translated as "el pavor". Learn more about the difference between "fear" and "dread" below.
fear(
fihr
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (fright)
a. el miedo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He knew he should run from the bear, but fear paralyzed him.Sabía que debería correr del oso, pero el miedo lo paralizó.
2. (apprehension)
a. el temor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My worst fear was being a bad parent.Mi mayor temor era convertirme en un mal padre.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to be afraid of)
a. tener miedo
I fear darkness and the unknown.Tengo miedo de la oscuridad y lo desconocido.
4. (to suspect)
a. temer
Nobody wants to believe it but I fear he's right.Nadie quiere creerlo, pero temo que tiene razón.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to be afraid of)
a. temer
The passengers feared for their lives as the ship began to sink.Los pasajeros temían por sus vidas mientras el barco se hundía.
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dread(
drehd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (fear)
a. el pavor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The dread of singing her solo was more than her stomach could endure.El pavor de cantar el solo fue más de lo que pudo aguantar su estómago.
b. el terror
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The thought of having surgery fills me with dread.Solo pensar en tener que someterme a una cirugía me infunde terror.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to be afraid of)
a. tenerle pavor a
I dread public speaking, but it's part of my job.Le tengo pavor a hablar en público, pero es parte de mi trabajo.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(causing fear)
a. pavoroso
The dread spirit that inhabits that cave comes out at night.El pavoroso espectro que habita aquella cueva sale por la noche.
b. espantoso
They say the dread pirate shows no mercy to his prisoners.Se dice que el espantoso pirata no muestra ninguna misericordia a sus presos.
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