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fear

fear

 
 
pronunciation:
fir
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an emotion characterized by alarm, anxiety, and tension, often caused by an expectation of danger or pain; dread.
synonyms:
apprehension, dread, fright, terror, trepidation
antonyms:
fearlessness
similar words:
alarm, angst, anxiety, consternation, dismay, horror, panic, phobia, scare, tension
definition 2: a specific occurrence of such an emotion.
synonyms:
apprehension, dread, fright, terror, trepidation
antonyms:
fearlessness
similar words:
alarm, angst, anxiety, consternation, dismay, horror, panic, phobia, scare, tension
definition 3: something that causes such an emotion.
His greatest fear is of losing his wife.
synonyms:
dread, fright, terror
similar words:
anxiety, bÍte noire, horror, phobia, worry
definition 4: profound awe or reverence, esp. toward a supreme power or being.
synonyms:
awe, reverence, veneration
similar words:
amazement, esteem, honor, marvel, respect, wonder
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: feared, fearing, fears
definition 1: to be frightened of or apprehensive about.
synonyms:
apprehend, dread
similar words:
forebode
definition 2: to be in reverence or awe of.
synonyms:
revere, venerate
similar words:
esteem, honor, marvel, respect, wonder
definition 3: to suspect or be in doubt about.
I fear that you are being deceived.
synonyms:
suspect
antonyms:
trust
similar words:
wonder
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be afraid or frightened.
similar words:
anguish, cower, dread, panic, quail, tense, tremble, worry
Word History
Fear comes from fere, an Old English word. Its earliest meaning, in the 700s, was "danger or peril." It was not used for the feeling of fear until the 1300s.
Word Builder: fear +
  • fearful:
    having or showing fear.
  • fearless:
    having or showing no fear.
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