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Synonyms for fearful
ˈfɪər fəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fearful(adj)

    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, terrible(adj)

    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, fearful(adj)

    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, frightful(adj)

    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, trepid(adj)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. fearful(adjective)

    Frightening.

    Synonyms:
    timid, timorous, frightened

  2. fearful(adjective)

    Frightened, filled with terror.

    Synonyms:
    timorous, frightened, timid

  3. fearful(adjective)

    Terrible.

    Synonyms:
    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.

    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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. fearful

    Synonyms:
    timid, hesitating, terrible, awful, apprehensive, frightful, shocking, terrific, afraid, horrible, dreadful

    Antonyms:
    bold, venturesome, confident, audacious, consolatory, inspiriting, assuring, alluring, attractive, hopeful, inviting

Editors Contribution

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    Submitted by anonymous on January 14, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. fearful(a.)

    Synonyms:
    afraid, apprehensive, haunted with fear

  2. fearful(a.)

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

  3. fearful(a.)

    Synonyms:
    terrible, dreadful, frightful, dire, direful

  4. fearful(a.)

    Synonyms:
    awful, to be reverenced

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. fearful(a)

    Synonyms:
    apprehensive, alarmed, afraid, frightened, timid, timorous, faint-hearted, cowardly, craven, pusillanimous, meticulous, terrible, frightful, dreadful, grim, awful, dire, fell, atrocious, ghastly, terrifying, alarming, appalling

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    afraid, scared, timid, bang, scary, frightening

How to pronounce fearful?

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How to use fearful in a sentence?

  1. Cory Booker of New Jersey:

    Otherwise law-abiding Americans -- bankers, business people, veterans and families-- are fearful of unnecessary, expensive, life-disrupting investigations and prosecutions.

  2. Diman Bayeez:

    I was very poor. I have schizophrenia and was just diagnosed with blood cancer, and my only daughter wasn't treating me well. I was borrowing money from people for the treatment. That was in June 2014, and she described her situation to a cab driver named Mahmoud in her home city of Kirkuk. He was ISIS and said if I joined, they would treat me well and pay me, she says. I said I would join on one condition : That they make me a suicide bomber and put me out of my misery. Mahmoud was killed fighting in Hawija, and two ISIS members found her number in his phone. She – along with her now ex-husband – were recruited. K.S. says she did not receive any formal training as a combatant, and did not pledge allegiance to ISIS, but admits that she allowed two militants to stay at her home – she now suspects that one was a spy for the Kurdish security forces. But when she was scheduled to put on the suicide vest, she got cold feet. She fled with the idea of seeking asylum in Europe, but the Kurds picked her up before she could leave. I told them I did all these bad things I didn't do because I wanted to be executed. I still wanted to die, K.S. says, saying that she attempted to kill herself in jail, too, with a kitchen knife. Now Iam thankful to God. I know I have committed no crime. Kurdish authorities beg to differ. According to the deputy manager of the correctional center, Zhino Azad, K.S. was deeply entrenched in ISIS, coordinating for their agents and being a guard at their female prisons – possibly filled with captured Yazidi sex slaves. Even her daughter, a lawyer, is terrified of her, Zhino Azad tells FoxNews.com. She is … a little psychotic. That's the type of people ISIS takes advantage of. K.S. does n’t mind prison at all. It is like heaven in this jail, she says. Here, she is safe from ISIS, is fed and receives medical treatment. I get to read the Koran all day and sleep, K.S. says with a bright smile. And I interpret dreams for the other women. A.H., a 35-year-old mother with a small tribal tattoo on the tip of her nose, also spoke to FoxNews.com. She was issued a life sentence, which was reduced to 20 years, then 15, because she has young children -- six of them who are between 5 and 16 years old. They are being looked after by the second of her husband's four wives. He is in jail now too, she says. At first, A.H. maintains that she was working at a civilian hospital that was controlled by ISIS, but that she never treated wounded fighters, but it does n’t take long for her to let her guard down, especially after the prison official with us begins wandering in and out of the room. I went to ISIS Diman Bayeez and said I would do anything, clean hospitals, if they gave me a salary – $ 260 a month, she says. So I was setting up IVs and injections for the fighters. While she admits to having sworn allegiance to the Caliphate, A.H. also claims she was a spy for Iraqi intelligence, and, fearful that ISIS members would find out, she fled to Kurdistan in early 2016. We have problems, especially with the new prisoners, radicalizing others, so we try to keep the terrorists separate. - Diman Bayeez, manager of the Women and Childrens Prison of Erbil She says all evidence of her spying was taken from her at an Iraqi Army checkpoint. Of course I regret [ helping ISIS ]. But my family was hungry. My husband was old, she pleads. I feel betrayed. They took my phone, my proof I was helping them. They all say they aren't guilty.

  3. David Cain:

    This insect has developed to be the most efficient and adaptive hunter of human beings that we’ve probably ever had, if people are fearful of sharks, the answer is to stay out of the water. When it comes to bedbugs, the answer is to be permanently on guard.

  4. Cyril Ramaphosa:

    In death, she has demonstrated that our many differences along political party and racial lines and the numerous disputes we may have are eclipsed by our shared desire to follow her lead in building a just, equitable and caring society, loudly and without apology, she spoke truth to power. It was those in power who, insecure and fearful, visited upon her the most vindictive and callous retribution. Yet, through everything, she endured. They could not break her. They could not silence her.

  5. Matt Eledge:

    Whatever happens, I love Nebraska and I love my job. I love working here, i want to do the right thing, but I don't want to say anything that would hurt my job or anybody I care about. I'm scared and unsure and fearful. I'm just trying to finish out the year at this point.


Translations for fearful

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  • бая́зныBelarusian
  • ужасен, страшен, страхлив, уплашенBulgarian
  • ängstlich, furchtsam, furchtbarGerman
  • τρομερός, φοβερός, φοβισμένος, τρομακτικόςGreek
  • temeroso, miedosoSpanish
  • effrayant, affreux, affreuse, craintif, peureuse, peureux, terrible, craintive, redoutable, effrayanteFrench
  • faitaghManx
  • երկչոտArmenian
  • takutIndonesian
  • impaurito, pavido, spaventatoItalian
  • timidus, pavidus, meticulosusLatin
  • nobijies, biedējoša, biedējošsLatvian
  • Com medoPortuguese
  • groaznicRomanian
  • ужасный, испуганный, страшный, пугливыйRussian
  • korkuluTurkish
  • sợ hãi, đáng sợ, sợ sệt, sợVietnamese

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