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Synonyms for fearful
ˈfɪər fəlfear·ful

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  1. fearfuladjective


    timid, timorous, frightened

  2. fearfuladjective

    Frightened, filled with terror.

    timorous, frightened, timid

  3. fearfuladjective


    frightened, timid, timorous

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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.

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

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fearfuladjective

    experiencing or showing fear

    "a fearful glance"; "fearful of criticism"

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

    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"

    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

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

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

  4. fearful, frightfuladjective

    extremely distressing

    "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake"

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

    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"

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

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

Editors Contribution

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. fearfuladjective

    afraid, apprehensive, haunted with fear

  2. fearfuladjective

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

  3. fearfuladjective

    terrible, dreadful, frightful, dire, direful

  4. fearfuladjective

    awful, to be reverenced

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "fearful":

    afraid, scared, timid, bang, scary, frightening

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  1. Representative Rob Bishop of Utah:

    This surreptitious land grab reveals that the Obama administration will stop at nothing to lock up more and more land, with the stroke of a pen. I condemn this shameful power move which makes states and citizens fearful that the federal government can invade at any time to seize more lands like bandits in the night.

  2. unknown:

    Distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It's for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It's for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don't see it nearly enough.

  3. Blima Marcus:

    They dont turn to rabbis for daily decisions like preventive care, they [ anti-vaxxers ] are using all of the emotional fear factors. There is nothing more fearful to a woman than that youre going to injure your child.

  4. Jason Frizzell:

    Of course not every patient will [ display ] the same set of symptoms. Situational context may also play a role in aggression -- whether a patient feels fearful of places or people they do not recognize.

  5. Senior Officer Douglas Griffith:

    I ’m fearful for my family just to go out of the house, felony arrests are up.

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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