fear
I. verb Etymology: Middle English feren, from Old English fǣran, from fǣr Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. archaic frighten 2. archaic to feel fear in (oneself) 3. to have a reverential awe of <
fear God
>
4. to be afraid of ; expect with alarm <
fear the worst
>
intransitive verb to be afraid or apprehensive <
feared for their lives
>
fearer noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English fer, from Old English fǣr sudden danger; akin to Old High German fāra ambush and perhaps to Latin periculum attempt, peril, Greek peiran to attempt Date: 12th century 1. a. an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger b. (1) an instance of this emotion (2) a state marked by this emotion 2. anxious concern ; solicitude 3. profound reverence and awe especially toward God 4. reason for alarm ; danger Synonyms: fear, dread, fright, alarm, panic, terror, trepidation mean painful agitation in the presence or anticipation of danger. fear is the most general term and implies anxiety and usually loss of courage <
fear of the unknown
>
. dread usually adds the idea of intense reluctance to face or meet a person or situation and suggests aversion as well as anxiety <
faced the meeting with dread
>
. fright implies the shock of sudden, startling fear <
fright at being awakened suddenly
>
. alarm suggests a sudden and intense awareness of immediate danger <
view the situation with alarm
>
. panic implies unreasoning and overmastering fear causing hysterical activity <
the news caused widespread panic
>
. terror implies the most extreme degree of fear <
immobilized with terror
>
. trepidation adds to dread the implications of timidity, trembling, and hesitation <
raised the subject with trepidation
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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