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  1. afraidadjective

    Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear.

    apprehensive, anxious, afeared, fearful, alarmed, timid, timorous, sorry

  2. afraidadjective

    regretful, sorry

    I am afraid I can not help you in this matter.

    alarmed, anxious, timorous, apprehensive, fearful, afeared, timid, sorry

Princeton's WordNet

  1. afraid(p)adjective

    filled with fear or apprehension

    "afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions"

    unconcerned, inclined(p)

  2. afraidadjective

    filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement

    "I'm afraid I won't be able to come"; "he was afraid he would have to let her go"; "I'm afraid you're wrong"


    unconcerned, inclined(p)

  3. afraidadjective

    feeling worry or concern or insecurity

    "She was afraid that I might be embarrassed"; "terribly afraid of offending someone"; "I am afraid we have witnessed only the first phase of the conflict"


    unconcerned, inclined(p)

  4. afraidadjective

    having feelings of aversion or unwillingness

    "afraid of hard work"; "afraid to show emotion"


    unconcerned, inclined(p)

Editors Contribution

  1. scared

    Submitted by anonymous on January 11, 2021  
  2. fiert

    scottish word

    Submitted by anonymous on May 5, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. afraidadjective

    fearful, haunted with fear

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. afraidadjective

    alarmed, fearful, timid, timorous, apprehensive, scared, diffident

    fearless, unafraid, intrepid, bold, undaunted, temerarious

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  1. Ian Prior:

    When these dedicated moms hear from their children how they are afraid to speak up in class for fear of harassment, discipline, or being reported in the new LCPS online 'bias reporting' system, this motivates them to get out there and fight like hell for their children.

  2. The Republican governor:

    I know that there are a number of my colleagues, both governors and senators, members of the House who will say privately they're very concerned, that they won't say anything publicly, and I think it's because, you know, they're afraid, there's no profiles in courage here. They're afraid of being primaried. They're afraid of being tweeted about and very few of us are willing to say what we really think.

  3. Bidwell Smith:

    Explain the death in simple terms, appropriate to your child’s age, and don’t be afraid to let Grieving Children see you mourn, modeling sad emotions will help Grieving Children feel open to embracing Grieving Children own feelings, both in this instance, and in the future.

  4. Rob Lefferts:

    The volume of successful attacks is correlated with the volume of virus impact, those attacks are more successful because people are more afraid.

  5. Abel James:

    When you’re constantly starving yourself, you kind of enter this starvation mode and we’ve become afraid of our food.

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