For fear
Fear Fear, n. [OE. fer, feer, fere, AS. f[=ae]r a coming suddenly upon, fear, danger; akin to D. vaar, OHG. f[=a]ra danger, G. gefahr, Icel. f[=a]r harm, mischief, plague, and to E. fare, peril. See {Fare}.] 1. A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger; apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread. [1913 Webster]

Note: The degrees of this passion, beginning with the most moderate, may be thus expressed, -- {apprehension}, fear, {dread}, {fright}, {terror}. [1913 Webster]

Fear is an uneasiness of the mind, upon the thought of future evil likely to befall us. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

Where no hope is left, is left no fear. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Script.) (a) Apprehension of incurring, or solicitude to avoid, God's wrath; the trembling and awful reverence felt toward the Supreme Being. (b) Respectful reverence for men of authority or worth. [1913 Webster]

I will put my fear in their hearts. --Jer. xxxii. 40. [1913 Webster]

I will teach you the fear of the Lord. --Ps. xxxiv. 11. [1913 Webster]

Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due . . . fear to whom fear. --Rom. xiii. 7. [1913 Webster]

3. That which causes, or which is the object of, apprehension or alarm; source or occasion of terror; danger; dreadfulness. [1913 Webster]

There were they in great fear, where no fear was. --Ps. liii. 5. [1913 Webster]

The fear of your adventure would counsel you to a more equal enterprise. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{For fear}, in apprehension lest. ``For fear you ne'er see chain nor money more.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • for fear — Because of fear. * /He left an hour early for fear of missing his train./ * /She worried for fear that the child would be hurt./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • for\ fear — Because of fear. He left an hour early for fear of missing his train. She worried for fear that the child would be hurt …   Словарь американских идиом

  • for fear — phrasal : by reason of an apprehension lest worried for fear the child will hurt himself * * * for fear In case, lest • • • Main Entry: ↑fear …   Useful english dictionary

  • for fear of something doing something — for fear of sth/of doing sth | for fear (that)… idiom to avoid the danger of sth happening • We spoke quietly for fear of waking the guards. • I had to run away for fear (that) he might one day kill me. Main entry: ↑fear …   Useful english dictionary

  • for fear of of doing something — for fear of sth/of doing sth | for fear (that)… idiom to avoid the danger of sth happening • We spoke quietly for fear of waking the guards. • I had to run away for fear (that) he might one day kill me. Main entry: ↑fear …   Useful english dictionary

  • for fear (that) … — for fear of sth/of doing sth | for fear (that)… idiom to avoid the danger of sth happening • We spoke quietly for fear of waking the guards. • I had to run away for fear (that) he might one day kill me. Main entry: ↑fear …   Useful english dictionary

  • for fear of — In order to avoid • • • Main Entry: ↑fear * * * for fear of (or that) to avoid the risk of (or that) no one dared refuse the order for fear of losing their job …   Useful english dictionary

  • for fear of (doing) something — phrase in case you make something bad happen I didn’t tell Susan about our meeting for fear of upsetting her. Scientists reject a total ban for fear it will undermine efforts to stop the spread of malaria. Thesaurus: feelings of worry and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • for fear of (or that) — to avoid the risk of (or that). → fear …   English new terms dictionary

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