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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. fear

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

    Antonyms:
    assurance, confidence, courage, fearlessness, trust, boldness

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fear, fearfulness, frightnoun

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

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

    Antonyms:
    bravery, fearlessness

  2. concern, care, fearnoun

    an anxious feeling

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

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    bravery, fearlessness

  3. fear, reverence, awe, venerationverb

    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    bravery, fearlessness

  4. fearverb

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

    "I fear she might get aggressive"

    Synonyms:
    reverence, venerate, dread, revere

    Antonyms:
    bravery, fearlessness

  5. fear, dreadverb

    be afraid or scared of; be frightened of

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

    Synonyms:
    reverence, venerate, dread, revere

    Antonyms:
    fearlessness, bravery

  6. fearverb

    be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement

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

    Synonyms:
    reverence, venerate, dread, revere

    Antonyms:
    fearlessness, bravery

  7. fearverb

    be uneasy or apprehensive about

    "I fear the results of the final exams"

    Synonyms:
    reverence, venerate, dread, revere

    Antonyms:
    fearlessness, bravery

  8. reverence, fear, revere, venerateverb

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

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

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

    Antonyms:
    fearlessness, bravery

Editors Contribution

  1. phobe

    Submitted by anonymous on December 2, 2019  

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How to use fear in a sentence?

  1. Bryant Wright:

    It makes me very sad that there are a good number of conservative Christians that have bought in to this rhetoric, i think, sadly though, it’s a reaction because of fear rather than responding, as we’re called to respond, in faith as followers of Jesus Christ.

  2. Elizabeth Hoff:

    This normally we see when the weather is warmer and so on. But it just tells you people no longer have the same access to safe drinking water as before, going into the warmer season, what we are particularly concerned about... is cholera, this is our main fear, but so far we haven't seen it.

  3. Ryan Verna:

    There's a lack of respect for actualvictims and survivors of these crimes, i talk to friends that are still in law enforcement and right now gang members in Los Angeles, there's no fear. They're openlyflying their gang colors because he's not going to give sentencing enhancements for gang crimes so there's no need to ever try to hide who you are.

  4. Douglas Borthwick:

    There's certainly a fear in the market of being long the Swiss franc now because the SNB could weaken it.

  5. Gordana Biernat:

    Nothing is as it seems, YOU are the ONE creating dreams love and fear darkness and light YOU are the ONE with all the creative might.

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