Trepidation
Trepidation Trep`i*da"tion, n. [F. tr['e]pidation, L. trepidatio, fr. trepidare to hurry with alarm, to tremble, from trepidus agitated, disturbed, alarmed; cf. trepit he turns, Gr. ? to turn, E. torture.] 1. An involuntary trembling, sometimes an effect of paralysis, but usually caused by terror or fear; quaking; quivering. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, a state of terror or alarm; fear; confusion; fright; as, the men were in great trepidation. [1913 Webster]

3. (Anc. Astron.) A libration of the starry sphere in the Ptolemaic system; a motion ascribed to the firmament, to account for certain small changes in the position of the ecliptic and of the stars. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Tremor; agitation; disturbance; fear. [1913 Webster]


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  • trépidation — [ trepidasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1290; lat. trepidatio 1 ♦ Vx Tremblement. Il éprouva « une trépidation involontaire : il [...] tressaillait » (Balzac). 2 ♦ (1788, du sol) Mod. Agitation de ce qui subit de petites oscillations ou secousses très rapides.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • trepidation — TREPIDATION. s. f. Terme d Astronomie. Sorte de tremblement, de balancement, Il n a d usage que dans cette phrase. Mouvement de trepidation, qui est un mouvement par lequel les Anciens ont crû que le Firmament estoit balancé du Septentrion au… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • trepidation — I noun affright, agitation, alarm, apprehension, awe, consternation, disconcertion, dismay, disquiet, disquietude, dread, fear, flutter, fret, fright, funk, horror, jitteriness, jumpiness, nervousness, oscillation, panic, perturbation, quaking,… …   Law dictionary

  • trepidation — c.1600, from L. trepidationem (nom. trepidatio) agitation, alarm, trembling, noun of action from pp. stem of trepidare to tremble, hurry, from trepidus alarmed, scared, from PIE *trep to shake, tremble (Cf. Skt. trprah hasty, O.C.S. trepetati to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • trepidation — *horror, terror, panic, consternation, *fear, dread, fright, alarm, dismay Analogous words: apprehensiveness, fearfulness (see corresponding adjectives at FEARFUL): anxiety, worry, concern, solicitude, *care: awe, *reverence, fear …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • trepidation — [n] anxiety, worry agitation, alarm, apprehension, blue funk*, butterflies*, cold feet*, cold sweat*, consternation, creeps*, dismay, disquiet, disturbance, dread, emotion, excitement, fear, fright, goose bumps*, horror, jitters, nervousness,… …   New thesaurus

  • trepidation — ► NOUN ▪ a feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen. ORIGIN Latin, from trepidare be agitated, tremble …   English terms dictionary

  • trepidation — [trep΄ə dā′shən] n. [L trepidatio < trepidatus, pp. of trepidare, to tremble < trepidus, disturbed, alarmed < IE * trep , to trip, tramp (< base * ter , to tremble) > OE thrafian, to press] 1. tremulous or trembling movement;… …   English World dictionary

  • trépidation — (tré pi da sion ; en vers, de cinq syllabes) s. f. 1°   Terme de géologie. Trépidation du sol, légère secousse communiquée au sol et qui est un diminutif du tremblement de terre. •   La chute et l affaissement subit des cavernes intérieures du… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Trepidation — Die Trepidation ist ein Begriff aus der Astronomie, der eine Schwankung in der Präzession der Äquinoktien beschreibt. Es handelt sich dabei um eine Art Zittern der Erdachse, die Ungenauigkeiten in der Präzession verursacht, so dass das… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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