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fear

noun (n)

  • an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight) (noun.feeling)
    Synonym: fearfulness, fright
    Antonym: bravery, fearlessness
    source: wordnet30
  • an anxious feeling (noun.feeling)
    Synonym: care, concern
    Example:
    They hushed it up out of fear of public reaction.
    source: wordnet30
  • a feeling of profound respect for someone or something (noun.feeling)
    Example:
    The fear of God.
    source: wordnet30
  • A variant of Fere, a mate, a companion. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger; apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event (verb.emotion)
    Example:
    I fear she might get aggressive.
    source: wordnet30
  • be afraid or scared of; be frightened of (verb.emotion)
    Synonym: dread
    Example:
    I fear the winters in Moscow.
    We should not fear the Communists!.
    source: wordnet30
  • be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement (verb.emotion)
    Example:
    I fear I won't make it to your wedding party.
    source: wordnet30
  • be uneasy or apprehensive about (verb.emotion)
    Example:
    I fear the results of the final exams.
    source: wordnet30
  • regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of (verb.emotion)
    Example:
    Fear God as your father.
    source: wordnet30
  • To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with emotion of alarm or solicitude. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To be in apprehension of evil; to be afraid; to feel anxiety on account of some expected evil. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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