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ˈfɪər fəlfear·ful

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  1. fearfuladjective

    Frightening.

    Synonyms:
    timid, timorous, frightened

  2. fearfuladjective

    Frightened, filled with terror.

    Synonyms:
    timorous, frightened, timid

  3. fearfuladjective

    Terrible.

    Synonyms:
    frightened, timid, timorous

English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. fearful

    Awful should not be used of things which are merely disagreeable or annoying, nor of all that are alarming and terrible, but only of such as bring a solemn awe upon the soul, as in the presence of a superior power; as, the awful hush before the battle. That which is awful arouses an oppressive, that which is august an admiring reverence; we speak of the august presence of a mighty monarch, the awful presence of death. We speak of an exalted station, a grand mountain, an imposing presence, a majestic cathedral, a noble mien, a solemn litany, a stately march, an august assembly, the awful scene of the Judgment Day.

    Synonyms:
    alarming, appalling, august, awful, dire, direful, dread, dreadful, frightful, grand, horrible, imposing, majestic, noble, portentous, shocking, solemn, stately, terrible, terrific

    Antonyms:
    base, beggarly, commonplace, contemptible, despicable, humble, inferior, lowly, mean, paltry, undignified, vulgar

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. fearfuladjective

    experiencing or showing fear

    "a fearful glance"; "fearful of criticism"

    Synonyms:
    dread(a), frightening, dire, terrible, horrendous, fearsome, horrific, timorous, dreaded, cowardly, awful, trepid, frightful, dreadful, direful

    Antonyms:
    unafraid(p), good, bold, fearless, unalarming

  2. awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terribleadjective

    causing fear or dread or terror

    "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"

    Antonyms:
    good, unafraid(p), unalarming, bold, fearless

  3. cowardly, fearfuladjective

    lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

    "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley

    Synonyms:
    dread(a), dire, terrible, horrendous, fearsome, horrific, timorous, dreaded, cowardly, awful, trepid, frightful, frightening, dreadful, direful

    Antonyms:
    good, unafraid(p), bold, unalarming, fearless

  4. fearful, frightfuladjective

    extremely distressing

    "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake"

    Synonyms:
    frightful, dread(a), fearsome, timorous, terrible, horrific, dreaded, horrible, tremendous, frightening, horrendous, awful, cowardly, horrifying, atrocious, ugly, dreadful, direful, dire, trepid

    Antonyms:
    good, fearless, unafraid(p), bold, unalarming

  5. fearful, timorous, trepidadjective

    timid by nature or revealing timidity

    "timorous little mouse"; "in a timorous tone"; "cast fearful glances at the large dog"

    Synonyms:
    dread(a), frightening, dire, terrible, horrendous, fearsome, horrific, timorous, dreaded, cowardly, awful, trepid, frightful, dreadful, direful

    Antonyms:
    bold, good, fearless, unafraid(p), unalarming

Editors Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. fearfuladjective

    Synonyms:
    afraid, apprehensive, haunted with fear

  2. fearfuladjective

    Synonyms:
    timid, timorous, nervous, diffident, pusillanimous, cowardly, faint-hearted, chicken-hearted, white-livered, showing the white feather, easily frightened

  3. fearfuladjective

    Synonyms:
    terrible, dreadful, frightful, dire, direful

  4. fearfuladjective

    Synonyms:
    awful, to be reverenced

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "fearful":

    afraid, scared, timid, bang, scary, frightening

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How to use fearful in a sentence?

  1. Pope Francis:

    The humble are those who are concerned not simply with the past but also with the future, since they know how to look ahead, to spread their branches, remembering the past with gratitude, the proud, on the other hand, simply repeat, grow rigid and enclose themselves in that repetition, feeling certain about what they know and fearful of anything new because they cannot control it.

  2. Andres Kasekamp:

    The Baltics have good reason to be fearful of Russia’s actions. There are many people alive today who have personally seen tactics similar to those deployed in Ukraine.

  3. Rizwan Jaka:

    Security guards resigned because they were fearful of getting hurt in the backlash, people were concerned.

  4. Umberto Eco:

    Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.

  5. Theo Oshiro:

    Census efforts have always been hard in immigrant communities, even without the citizenship question, they are fearful in particular of sharing their information with immigration enforcement agencies, especially with what folks have seen and heard from this administration, the rhetoric around immigration and the ramping up of enforcement.


Translations for fearful

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  • бая́зныBelarusian
  • уплашен, страшен, ужасен, страхливBulgarian
  • ängstlich, furchtbar, furchtsamGerman
  • τρομερός, φοβερός, φοβισμένος, τρομακτικόςGreek
  • temeroso, miedosoSpanish
  • terrible, craintive, craintif, redoutable, effrayante, peureux, peureuse, effrayant, affreuse, affreuxFrench
  • faitaghManx
  • երկչոտArmenian
  • takutIndonesian
  • impaurito, spaventato, pavidoItalian
  • timidus, meticulosus, pavidusLatin
  • biedējošs, nobijies, biedējošaLatvian
  • Com medoPortuguese
  • groaznicRomanian
  • страшный, пугливый, испуганный, ужасныйRussian
  • korkuluTurkish
  • sợ sệt, sợ, đáng sợ, sợ hãiVietnamese

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