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Synonyms for fear

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fear, fearfulness, fright(noun)

    an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

    awe, fearfulness, care, concern, fright, veneration, reverence

    bravery, fearlessness

  2. concern, care, fear(noun)

    an anxious feeling

    "care had aged him"; "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"

    headache, business concern, fright, business organisation, aid, worry, tending, fearfulness, upkeep, business organization, veneration, precaution, forethought, caution, awe, reverence, care, charge, tutelage, guardianship, business, vexation, maintenance, attention, concern

    bravery, fearlessness

  3. fear, reverence, awe, veneration(verb)

    a feeling of profound respect for someone or something

    "the fear of God"; "the Chinese reverence for the dead"; "the French treat food with gentle reverence"; "his respect for the law bordered on veneration"

    awe, idolatry, fearfulness, devotion, care, concern, fright, veneration, reverence, cultism

    bravery, fearlessness

  4. fear(verb)

    be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event

    "I fear she might get aggressive"

    reverence, venerate, dread, revere

    bravery, fearlessness

  5. fear, dread(verb)

    be afraid or scared of; be frightened of

    "I fear the winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"

    reverence, venerate, dread, revere

    fearlessness, bravery

  6. fear(verb)

    be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement

    "I fear I won't make it to your wedding party"

    reverence, venerate, dread, revere

    fearlessness, bravery

  7. fear(verb)

    be uneasy or apprehensive about

    "I fear the results of the final exams"

    reverence, venerate, dread, revere

    fearlessness, bravery

  8. reverence, fear, revere, venerate(verb)

    regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of

    "Fear God as your father"; "We venerate genius"

    hero-worship, idolize, dread, revere, reverence, worship, venerate, idolise

    fearlessness, bravery

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. fear

    Fear is the generic term denoting an emotion excited by threatening evil with a desire to avoid or escape it; fear may be sudden or lingering, in view of present, of imminent, or of distant and only possible danger; in the latter sense dread is oftener used. Horror (etymologically a shivering or shuddering) denotes a shuddering fear accompanied with abhorrence or such a shock to the feelings and sensibilities as may exist without fear, as when one suddenly encounters some ghastly spectacle; we say of a desperate but fettered criminal, "I looked upon him with horror." Where horror includes fear, it is fear mingled with abhorrence. (See ABHOR.) Affright, fright, and terror are always sudden, and in actual presence of that which is terrible. Fear may overwhelm, or may nerve one to desperate defense; fright and terror render one incapable of defense; fear may be controlled by force of will; fright and terror overwhelm the will; terror paralyzes, fright may cause one to fly, to scream, or to swoon. Fright is largely a matter of the nerves; fear of the intellect and the imagination; terror of all the faculties, bodily and mental. Panic is a sudden fear or fright, affecting numbers at once; vast armies or crowded audiences are liable to panic upon slight occasion. In a like sense we speak of a financial panic. Dismay is a helpless sinking of heart in view of some overwhelming peril or sorrow. Dismay is more reflective, enduring, and despairing than fright; a horse is subject to fright or terror, but not to dismay. Awe is a reverential fear. Compare ALARM.

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    affright, apprehension, awe, consternation, dismay, disquietude, dread, fright, horror, misgiving, panic, terror, timidity, trembling, tremor, trepidation

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. fear

    apprehension, solicitude alarm, fright, dread, terror, trepidation, dismay, consternation, misgiving, horror, timidity, awe

    assurance, confidence, courage, fearlessness, trust, boldness

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. fear(n.)

    alarm, trepidation, dread, apprehension, fright, affright, terror, horror, dismay, consternation, panic

  2. fear(n.)

    anxiety, solicitude, concern

  3. fear(n.)

    veneration, reverence, awe, reverential regard

  4. fear(v. a.)

    dread, apprehend, be afraid of

  5. fear(v. a.)

    reverence, venerate, stand in awe of, have a reverential regard for

  6. fear(v. n.)

    be afraid, have apprehensions, live in terror, stand aghast

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. fear(n)

    apprehension, anxiety, solicitude, alarm, dread, trepidation, consternation, panic, dismay, terror, fright, cowardliness, timidity, pusillanimity, reverence, awe, veneration

  2. fear(v)

    apprehend, dread, be afraid of, reverence, venerate, stand in awe of

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How to use fear in a sentence?

  1. Trevor Harrison:

    Our sense about fear and the threat of being different.

  2. Killer Mike:

    I love CNN ... but what Id like to say to CNN right now-karmas a mother... stop feeding fear and anger every day. Stop making people so fearful. Give them hope!

  3. William Jennings Bryan:

    The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

  4. Roosevelt, Eleanor:

    You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

  5. Thomas Mulcair:

    From the very outset this election has been about change. Tonight Canadians have turned a page and reject the politics of fear and division.

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