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Definition 1: an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight) - [noun denoting feeling]

Synonyms for fear in the sense of this definition

(fear is a kind of ...) any strong feeling

(... is a kind of fear ) the feeling of being intimidated; being made to feel afraid or timid

(... is a kind of fear ) fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions

(... is a kind of fear ) fearful expectation or anticipation

"the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"

(... is a kind of fear ) fear that affects a person about to face an audience

(... is a kind of fear ) a sudden attack of fear

(... is a kind of fear ) an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety

(... is a kind of fear ) excessive or uncontrollable fear

(... is a kind of fear ) intense and profound fear

(... is a kind of fear ) an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

"a frisson of surprise shot through him"

(... is a kind of fear ) a feeling of fear and revulsion

"he gives me the creeps"

(... is a kind of fear ) fear resulting from the awareness of danger

(fear is a part of ...) the physical condition of concurrent perspiration and chill; associated with fear

(... are attributes of fear) filled with fear or apprehension

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

(... are attributes of fear) oblivious of dangers or perils or calmly resolute in facing them

Definition 2: an anxious feeling - [noun denoting feeling]

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

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

Synonyms for fear in the sense of this definition

(fear is a kind of ...) a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune

Definition 3: a feeling of profound respect for someone or something - [noun denoting feeling]

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

  • 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 for fear in the sense of this definition

(fear is a kind of ...) any strong feeling

Definition 4: be afraid or scared of; be frightened of - [verb of emotion]

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

  • I fear the winters in Moscow
  • We should not fear the Communists!

Synonyms for fear in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of fear ) be overcome by a sudden fear

"The students panicked when told that final exams were less than a week away"

Definition 5: regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of - [verb of emotion]

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

  • Fear God as your father
  • We venerate genius

Synonyms for fear in the sense of this definition

(fear is a kind of ...) regard highly; think much of

"I respect his judgement" "We prize his creativity"

(... is a kind of fear ) hold sacred

(... is a kind of fear ) show devotion to (a deity)

"Many Hindus worship Shiva"

Definition 6: be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement - [verb of emotion]

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

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

(fear is a kind of ...) express with regret

"I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard"

Definition 7: be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event - [verb of emotion]

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

  • I fear she might get aggressive

(fear is a kind of ...) be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy

"I worry about my job"

Definition 8: be uneasy or apprehensive about - [verb of emotion]

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

  • I fear the results of the final exams

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