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Definition 1: filled with fear or apprehension - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where afraid or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • afraid even to turn his head
  • suddenly looked afraid
  • afraid for his life
  • afraid of snakes
  • afraid to ask questions

(afraid is similar to ...) stricken with horror

(afraid is similar to ...) reflecting the fear or terror of one who is hunted

"the hopeless hunted look on the prisoner's face" "a glitter of apprehension in her hunted eyes"

(afraid is similar to ...) abnormally afraid of water

(afraid is similar to ...) suffering from mysophobia; abnormally afraid of dirt or contamination

(afraid is similar to ...) thrown into a state of intense fear or desperation

"became panicky as the snow deepened" "felt panicked before each exam" "trying to keep back the panic-stricken crowd" "the terrified horse bolted"

(afraid is similar to ...) so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror; petrified

"too numb with fear to move"

(afraid is similar to ...) struck or filled with terror

(afraid is similar to ...) suffering from triskaidekaphobia (abnormal fear of the number 13)

(afraid is similar to ...) deprived of courage and strength

"the steeplejack, exhausted and unnerved, couldn't hold on to his dangerous perch much longer"

(afraid is similar to ...) having white lips from fear or terror

(afraid is similar to ...) made afraid

"the frightened child cowered in the corner" "too shocked and scared to move"

(afraid is similar to ...) experiencing or showing fear

"a fearful glance" "fearful of criticism"

(afraid is similar to ...) suffering from acrophobia; abnormally afraid of high places

(afraid is similar to ...) a pronunciation of afraid

(afraid is similar to ...) struck with fear, dread, or consternation

(afraid is similar to ...) suffering from agoraphobia; abnormally afraid of open or public places

(afraid is similar to ...) experiencing a sudden sense of danger

(afraid is similar to ...) suffering from algophobia; abnormally afraid of pain

(afraid is similar to ...) in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

"apprehensive for one's life" "apprehensive of danger"

(afraid is similar to ...) frightened into submission or compliance

(afraid is similar to ...) suffering from claustrophobia; abnormally afraid of closed-in places

(afraid is similar to ...) suffering from xenophobia; having abnormal fear or hatred of the strange or foreign

(means also ...) showing fear and lack of confidence

(means also ...) lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

"cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"

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

Definition 2: filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where afraid or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I'm afraid I won't be able to come
  • he was afraid he would have to let her go
  • I'm afraid you're wrong

(afraid is similar to ...) feeling or showing worry or solicitude

"concerned parents of youthful offenders" "was concerned about the future" "we feel concerned about accomplishing the task at hand" "greatly concerned not to disappoint a small child"

Definition 3: having feelings of aversion or unwillingness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where afraid or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • afraid of hard work
  • afraid to show emotion

(afraid is similar to ...) unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval

"disinclined to say anything to anybody"

Definition 4: feeling worry or concern or insecurity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where afraid or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She was afraid that I might be embarrassed
  • terribly afraid of offending someone
  • I am afraid we have witnessed only the first phase of the conflict

(afraid is similar to ...) feeling or showing worry or solicitude

"concerned parents of youthful offenders" "was concerned about the future" "we feel concerned about accomplishing the task at hand" "greatly concerned not to disappoint a small child"

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